Fri 21 Sep 2018

Fashion design, storytelling and performing arts: an evening with Matty Bovan

Fri 21 Sep 2018
£12.00 /£10.00 concession
Screening Room
South Wing

Acclaimed fashion designer Matty Bovan will present the site-specific installation created with artists Rory Mullen and Adam Leach in a conversation with curator Alison Moloney (London College of Fashion) and the project manager Zara Worth.

The talk will explore the creative process behind the Leeds Pavilion, inspired by religious symbolism in reference to Elizabethan interior design, and the relationship between fashion and performance art emerging from this creative partnership between Bovan, Mullen and Leach.


Matty Bovan graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2015 with an MA specialising in Fashion Knitwear.  His 12-look graduate collection opened the final show and earned him the L’Oréal Professionel Creative Award and the LVMH Graduate Prize 2015, while earlier this year he held his first solo show ‘Vigilamus’ at London Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2018. Nominated for British Emerging Womenswear Talent at the Fashion Awards 2017, his work is often seen worn by the likes of of Adwoa Aboah, Georgia May Jagger, Hailey Baldwin, Harriet Verney, Noomi Rapace, Rita Ora, and Winnie Harlow.

Adam Leach is an artist from Yorkshire, living and working in London. While his work is inspired by his interest in painting, Adam’s activity reveals a fascination with pictures, and particularly with the way they circulate in culture and function parallel to our lives.

Rory Mullen is an Irish artist specialised in sculpture and performance. His work combines art and traditional theatre, and uses what materials comes to hand, including cardboard, clay, detritus, gaffa tape. As a result, his creations are often funny and absurd, and have a roughly constructed handmade aesthetic pulled through with a wilful childish energy.

Zara Worth is an artist, writer and doctoral researcher based between Gateshead, Leeds and London. A Doctoral Candidate in Fine Art (Practice-led) at Leeds Beckett University, she received a BA in Fine Art from Northumbria University and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, London. Recent exhibitions include her solo show ‘FEED’ at Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne, and group shows including ‘AVBody, Judaica Project‘ at the University of Huddersfield and ‘Gallery Tally’ in ‘Starless Midnight’, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.

Alison Maloney is Curator of the International Exhibitions Programme at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, whose aim is to present fashion and dress through a cross-disciplinary series of exhibitions, events and conferences in the UK and globally. She has previously worked as Fashion and Textiles Advisor for the Architecture, Design, Fashion department of the British Council.