Matthew Christopher is CEO, Chief Designer, and Creative Director for Matthew Christopher Inc., a bridal fashion house and manufacturer with headquarters in New York City and in Iowa. His gowns are currently available in more than 70 boutiques and are regularly featured in publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, and TheKnot.com.Matthew Christopher was nominated for a Distinctive Excellence in the Bridal Industry (DEBI) Award from 2004 to 2007 and specifically in the Prestigious Designer of the Year category in 2008. Last year was another successful year for Matthew: The movie You Again that featured one of his 2007 gowns called Josephine premiered at the end of February. Also, Kristin Chenoweth wore a Matthew Christopher gown to the Creative Art Emmy Awards and got voted in the top 5 best dressed list.
Matthew Christopher's interest in bridal design began very early, as a child looking at bridal magazines in his local grocery store. After studying at the Art Institute of Chicago and Iowa State University, he moved to New York City to begin his professional career with an internship at Demetrios Bridal, under the guidance of designer Jimmy Elias. Next, Matthew completed his tenure as the design assistant of Candice Solomon at One of a Kind Bride where he first acquired the knowledge and skills that would prove vital in his bridal couture career.
In 2000, Matthew Christopher accepted a position as a designer with Galina Bridal, where he designed several collections that were subsequently featured in Bride's and Modern Bride magazines. With an emphasis on precise fit and construction, his first collection embodied his dedication to quality and elegance for today's sophisticated bride. By infusing a modern, contemporary approach to Galina's existing look, Matthew was credited with rejuvenating the brand. Matthew later moved to Casablanca Bridal, where he created many top-selling gowns.
With his reputation established, he created his own label, Matthew Christopher Inc., at the age of 26. From his first collection in 2002, Matthew's gowns have represented modern elegance combined with classic glamour. From the hand-drawn, organic beading to show stopping silhouettes, Matthew creates drama in every detail. Over the years, he has created unique and stunning dimensional embroidery, cutout windowpanes, precise pintucks, hand-knotted bows, flowing flowers, sweeping trains, and elegant draping. And just as important as beauty on the outside, each gown is carefully constructed on the inside to provide an impeccable and comfortable fit.
Matthew is personally devoted to brides, always listening to their needs and creating designs to delight and inspire. He travels extensively to trunk shows every year, reaching out to personally meet as many brides as possible and help them chose the gown for their special day. "Their stories have inspired my designs," said Matthew. "The excitement in a bride's eyes the moment she sees herself dressed in the dress of her dreams is matched by my own."