Dear Shaded Viewers,
I have the sweetest memory of meeting Matty Bovan in London. I was invited to attend his show in London by Mandi Lennard and to the after party. Love at first sight. Creativity is what keeps me interested in fashion after all these decades and Matty is exploding with it. He creates his own signature with joy using color, texture and volume to create his shapes. In 2021 he was awarded the Woolmark Prize, highlighting his knits. He is a rebel with the craft and enjoys challenging the norm. Recently I was listening to an old Rick Owens youtube interview where Rick said to be a real designer you have to be a maker and certainly Bovan lives up to that definition. The pieces are fun and very wearable and I have a feeling that the person in the garments cannot help but smile.
“SHAPESHIFTER is the exploration of visceral texture and colour, subverting and distorting the body through harnessed chaos, resulting in triumphant identities.
“It’s been important for me to continue manufacturing in the UK, including my home of Yorkshire, while enjoying the privilege of master Italian craftsmanship.
“A selection of corsetry, denim, and accessories from the historic Dolce&Gabbana archives has been reissued for Matty Bovan Spring/Summer 2023.
“Thank you to Stefano and Domenico.”
Matty Bovan, 25 September 2022, Milan
Matty Bovan @babbym
Katie Grand @kegrand
Anita Bitton & Calvin Wilson @ The Establishment @bitton @twodadstwokids @establishmentny
Mandi Lennard @mandilennard
Stephen Jones Millinery for Matty Bovan @stephenjonesmillinery @babbym
Miranda Joyce @mirandajoyce
Anthony Turner @anthonyturnerhair
Cowboy Rhythm Box @phantasysound
Track 1: We Got The Box; Track 2: Six AM Cowboy Variation (Cowboy Rhythmbox Deviation Variation)
Plum Bovan for Matty Bovan @begoniapeterson @babbym
Will Sheldon @willsheldon
Matty Bovan printed by Forest Digital Ltd @babbym @forest_digital
Matty Bovan Studio Team
Leo Prothmann, Myles Mansfield, Ryan Skelton, Scar Kennedy
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana and everyone at Dolce&Gabbana
Nick and Plum Bovan, Katie Grand, Mandi Lennard, Stephen Jones, Sarah Gresty, Fabio Piras, Steve Mackey, Sarah Mower, Tim Blanks, Anders Christian Madsen, Caroline Rush, Lulu Kennedy, Melanie Ashley, Laura Dooley