Matthew Ames - 2009
Matthew Ames was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Michigan and Illinois. After earning a degree in fashion design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004, Ames decided to hone his fashion skills in the design houses of Europe. He worked as an intern for Jurgi Persoons in Antwerp, Belgium, and then moved to New York to become an assistant to innovative designer Miguel Adrover. In 2004, Matthew Ames was selected as a finalist at the Festival de la Mode a Hyeres in France. Following strong industry encouragement, Ames established his own company in New York, presenting his first collection in 2005. He has since shown in both Paris and New York to much critical acclaim.
Ames feels it is important that his clothes are useful without losing the excitement that is necessary in fashion. In a world of excesses, the clothes evoke a simplicity to the eye, a reduction to the essential, and a freedom in both form and function.