The bric-a-brac pillaging LVMH prize winner.
Taken from the 10th Birthday Issue of Wonderland.
All clothing by MATTY BOVAN
Matty Bovan is tall. Really tall. Which is probably why he’s been making his own clothes since he was 15. Well, that and the fact that “it’s really cheap”. But if you were to assume that Bovan – who just won the super-prestigious LVMH graduate prize – must have graduated onto luxurious, expensive fabrics by now, you’d be wrong. “I love cheap fabric,” he enthuses, “it’s less precious, so you can have more fun with it.”
Standing out for his unconventional, gender fluid, textile-heavy approach to fashion, Bovan’s been honing his bright, tactile aesthetic since his teens. Over the next ten years, he’s determined to grow his “identity and personal boundaries of design and taste” as much as possible. “I want to be able to look back and see a lot of self-development.”
“I always wanted my work to have layers to it in the way that a painting can,” he adds. Then he flounces off, rustling with painted ornaments, knotted lurex, glitter, gold gaffa tape and gemstones all dangling off glimmering, stretchy fabric. With an attitude and accolades like his, Matty Bovan is anything but a cheap date.
Photography: Masha Mel
Fashion: Nicco Torelli
Makeup: Naomi T. Dakuzaku
Hair: Nick Irwin at The London Style Agency
Words: Bertie Brandes