Matty Bovan SS2023 ‘Shapeshifter’ backed by Dolce&Gabbana ‘In a dark time, the eye begins to see.’ Theodore Roethke Photos: Daniele Oberrauch /

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

Creative Direction

Katie Grand @kegrand


Anita Bitton & Calvin Wilson @ The Establishment @bitton @twodadstwokids @establishmentny

Executive Producer

Mandi Lennard @mandilennard


Stephen Jones Millinery for Matty Bovan @stephenjonesmillinery @babbym

Make Up

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

‘Fairy’ Graphics

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

Special Thanks

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

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.