Matthew Needham is a multi-award-winning British/Czech artist known for his approach to upcycling and contributions to sustainability within the British fashion industry.
Needham's work champions a new viewpoint of how we look at clothing. He has most notably been recognised for his approach to upcycling and material innovation. Utilising fly tipped waste and materials most of us would find 'unusable' is a recurring theme throughout his work and mode of storytelling. From dressing environmental advocates, to working closely with the global movement that is Fashion Revolution, he is questioning the relationship we have with our clothing and the influence it can have on our evolution.
Needham was born in Nuneaton, England to a carpenter and a Czech native who immigrated to England in 1990 after the Velvet Revolution.
At the age of 19, Needham moved to London before securing his place on the BA (Hons) Fashion: Womenswear course at Central Saint Martins. In 2015 and 2016 he worked for global fashion houses Louis Vuitton and Chanel in Paris, France where he honed his skills of craftsmanship and construction.
In 2018, Needham received sponsorship from the British Fashion Council and Kering Sustainability Fund to attend the eponymous MA Fashion Course at Central Saint Martins from which he graduated in early 2020.
His work has been exhibited around the world, including Dutch Design Week, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Gallery, and most recently at The Design Museum, London, England. In 2019, Emma Watson wore a custom white dress and 'handkerchief sleeves' made for her by Needham for the 2020 Pirelli Calendar, photographed by Paolo Roversi.
Fig. A (Above) Matthew Needham photographed in his studio for More or Less Magazine, London, 2021(Image: Alexandros Pissouris).
MADE IN LONDON
MATTHEW NEEDHAM studio is a responsibly-focused artist studio based in East London, that creates works made of post-consumer and fly tipped waste. The studio represents the zeitgeist of today and champions the use of unorthodox upcycling processes, whilst questioning the societal relationship we have with our posessions.
"Subverting desire and openly discussing the emotional value and attachment of our garments is what I believe sets this studio apart from the majority.
"I believe in only producing pieces that have history, integrity, and authenticity." - Matthew Needham.
MATTHEW NEEDHAM studio is based in London, England.