About Us

Meet the Designer

Matthew Christopher | Portrait

Matthew Christopher

Chicago based designer Matthew Christopher effortlessly blends influences from his extensive couture dressmaking background with his humble beginnings sewing alongside his grandmother. Attending Ray-Vogue College of Design, Chicago and Iowa State University, his extraordinary talent landed him first with Demetrios, then with one-of-a-kind couture bridal designer, Candace Solomen. He rose to head designer with Galina, even taking part in opening the bridal section for Watters and Watters. By 2002, Matthew had created his own label, that features everything from intricate and embellished lace overlays to modern, sensual draping and effortless, classic silhouettes. Consistently recognized as a top couture bridal designer, winning accolades and several nominations for the prestigious DEBI award, his name was solidified, and his designs well known.

Each Matthew Christopher gown is meticulously constructed from the most luxurious fabrics and delicate details to highlight feminine lines. Careful consideration of cut and fit, along with the Matthew Christopher signature seaming, make his couture bridal collections some of the most glamorous and timeless gowns on the market. Matthew is proud to work closely with and for his clients on customized, and exquisitely contoured gowns that fit all shapes, sizes, and styles. His extensive travels to trunk shows have created lasting and impactful relationships with his brides and salons.
Matthew is dedicated to his customers and they have served as inspiration for many of his popular and unique designs.

The Atelier

William & Colette Van Der Velde

Our business is proud to be family built, and it is with great pride that we announce that our family has grown. We are honored to introduce new owners William and Colette Van Der Velde. Entrepreneurs from Chicago, they have a passion for the bridal and fashion industry. They are thrilled to partner with Matthew in creating a fashion house that, like all their business ventures, adhere to the highest of standards, standout in every detail, and take pride in artistry and customer service.

William and Colette Vander Velde

Welcome to Matthew Christopher

Matthew Christopher, Bill & Colette Vander Velde

Keep Calm and Bridal On!

Brides, we want to take a moment to let you know that even during CV-19 concerns, we are still at work to make your dress dreams come true. We are in close contact with all of our retailers and following all shipments to make sure we have timely deliveries.

We know each of our retailers will have a different protocol to follow, so please stay in touch with them for any updates as to their in-store shopping, pick up, and alterations.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and know we’re working to make you happy.