Matty Bovan’s Eclectic Sculptural Layered Crochet as Wearable Art

Known for his eccentric approach to fashion, Matty Bovan is a graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martins fashion design school with an MA in fashion knitwear.

Along with his own unique style and look, Bovan has worked with Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, and Miu Miu.

Matty Bovan
Photo credit – AW17 Collection from

What draws us to Bovan’s fashion is the way he works crochet into his designs in unique ways, sometimes as a sculptural statement piece and other times as a layered accessory.

From Vogue: “Many of his Fall 2017 pieces were constructed with rectangular sections of wool, some hand crocheted and others stitched together on the designer’s old knitting machine from the ’80s.”

Matty Bovan
Photo Credit – AW17 Collection from

Matty’s handwork goes into every detail of an outfit, including shoes and accessories, with his signature being to embellish everything with lots of little trinkets and textiles. He sources all sorts of embellishments from thrift shops and other fun places to shop. He shares, in an earlier Vogue article about his work:

“I love working with traditional and experimental fabrics alongside each other,” he offers. “The friction between them can be really interesting, for example, crocheting with cashmere and then weaving through plastic or Lurex. I like to push materials for what they can do.”

Model in AW21-22 clothing collection by Matty Bovan
Photo Credit – AW21-22 Collection from

In an interview with Om Pom Happy (who helped crochet flowers for one of Matty’s collections), he adds:

“I love experimenting with a wide range of different materials – plastic cords loosely hand knitted with lurex sprouting out in huge tufts, machine knit jacquards with eyelash glitter yarn felted with lambswool, velvet, crochet nets, carved foam shapes painted and covered in gems, hand cast resin brooches and clay brooches hand painted.”

model in AW17 clothing collection by Matty Bovan
Photo credit – AW17 Collection from

In an interview with Something About, he says:

“My work is an extension of me, ha! Everything I’m into at the time, basically trying to make my dream things in the world. But on a budget. Trying to make sense of the world in a way and having fun doing it.”

model in AW23 24 clothing collection by Matty Bovan
Photo credit – AW23 24 Collection from

Bel Jacobs, who notes that he designs for himself and is his own fit model, summarizes:

“In Bovan’s work, rainbow yarn, Lycra jersey, neon velour and gold Lurex, plastics, glitter, and rhinestones are exuberantly spun together to create pieces that simultaneously skim the body and fall or arch away from it in sculptural waves. The impression is one of construction/destruction, a gathering of detritus to make a proud but fragile whole.“

Explore more of this designer’s work and what collections are available today at his website or follow him on Instagram for further inspiration!

Hannah Ege

A life long crocheter and knitter, Hannah is a creative person who enjoys designing their own patterns while having deep appreciation and love for timeless designs. Hannah's first official job was in a yarn store as a teenager and even now they regularly knit and crochet for friends and commissioned pieces. When not busy with fiber, Hannah enjoys all things coffee, reading, hiking and spending time with their kid.

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