The story began when Cunnington & Sanderson met at the University of Central England, during their Fashion Design Degree.
The shared love of draping 'the new' on the mannequin became the creative foundation of the brand.
After graduation the British design duo moved to London. Matthew gained a Masters Degree at the University of Westminster.
John gained work experience at two leading fashion house's in London.
In 2008 Matthew won the Grand Prize of the fashion Jury at the International Festival de mode et photographie, in Hyeres, France.
Returning the year later Cunnington & Sanderson presented their debut catwalk show entitled 'mourning weeds' which was also presented at Milan Fashion Week and Brussels Fashion Week.
Highlights from the luxury womenswear brand include winning the On|Off Landrover Visionary Award in London, presenting Catwalk shows at Paris Fashion Week & Milan Fashion Week, Exhibiting at London Fashion Week, and on the Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona and the Hyeres Festival de mode et photographie in 2012.
October 20 2020 - Selected for VOGUE Talents on VOGUE Italia
October 19th 2020 - Teaching CUNNINGTON & SANDERSON zero waste draping workshop at the University of Chester.
October 14th & 15th 2020 - Teaching CUNNINGTON & SANDERSON zero waste draping workshop at the University of Leeds.
March 2020 - Cunnington & Sanderson selected from over 42000 designers on NJAL for the Not Just A Label x Joor 100 project. To access Joor's leading wholesale technology to sell their next collection.
February 16th - 20th 2020 - Teaching CUNNINGTON & SANDERSON zero waste draping workshop at Nottingham Trent University
January 2020 - collection selected for Vogue Talents on Vogue Italia.
September 2019 - Showroom at WHITE Show, Milan during Milan Fashion Week.
March 2019 - Draping workshop at Sheffield Hallam University.
March 1st - 20th October 2019 - Garments presented in the contemporary Fashion Forward Exhibition at Lotherton Hall Museum.
December 2018 - Exhibition imagery / Art Direction for the new contemporary fashion forward exhibition at
Lotherton Hall Museum, commissioned by Leeds Museums & Galleries.
February 2018 - Draping workshop at Leeds Arts University.
May 2017 - Press Office at Morozzo Communication 75003 Paris.
March 2017 - Paris Showroom during Paris Fashion Week at Morozzo Communication.
February 2017 - London Fashion Week Exhibition at Oxo Tower London with On|Off.
December 2016 - Selected for Vogue Talents on Vogue Italia.
March 2016 - Showroom Romeo - during Paris Fashion Week.
February 22nd - 26th 2016 - Visiting Tutors - HEAD Haute École Art et de Design Geneve Switzerland - Draping Emotions
January 2016 - The Future Of Fashion Program showroom at 'Whos Next' Trade show, sponsored by Premiere classe & NJAL Paris
Sept 2015 - The Future Of Fashion Program showroom at 'Whos Next' Trade show, sponsored by Premiere classe & NJAL Paris
May 20th 2015 - Invited to be a guest on the panel about collaboration within design at the London College of Fashion
April 23rd - April 28th 2015 - 'The Formers' Showroom at the 30th Festival International de Mode & de Photographie, Hyeres
sponsored by Mercedes Benz, curated by Marc Turlon
July 18th - July 19th 2014 - Invited to be part of the Jury panel at Pforzheim University, Germany.
June 10th 2014 - Invited to be on the Jury for Sheffield Hallam University Final Degree Show.
April 25th - April 28th 2014 - Formers Showroom at Hyeres 29th Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyeres, France.
0ctober 2013 & February 2014 - Style icon Lily Gatins wearing Cunnington & Sanderson at Paris Fashion Week. featured on - Vogue Ukraine, L’Officiel Paris/Italia, W magazine, Elle.uk Elle.com, Elle France, New York Times, Style du Monde, Style.com, WWD.
April 2014 - Cunnington & Sanderson original printed scarves sold at the Villa Noailles.
September 2013 - Commissioned to produce women's wear Illustrations for Lily Gatins website - ‘Le Report’.
April 26th - May 1st 2013 - Formers Showroom at Hyeres 28th Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyeres, France.
March 2013 - Suzanne von Aichinger wearing Cunnington & Sanderson in the film for the International mode et photographie, Hyeres
April 27th - May 26th 2012 - Cunnington & Sanderson invited by the Villa Noailles to Exhibit their work entitled ‘Pianola Garden’ for the 27th Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyeres, France.
March 2nd 2012 - Showcased their A/W 2012/13 ‘Amygdala’ collection with a catwalk show at Espace Commines, during Paris Fashion Week. March 1st - 4th - Showroom/Exhibition at Espace Commines, Paris.
March 1st 2012 - Presentation at Espace Commines, Paris, with the Land Rover printed wrap, designed by Cunnington & Sanderson.
February 2012 - London Exhibition at the Rook & Raven Gallery sponsored by the On|Off & Land Rover Visionary Award.
December 2011 - Awarded the On|Off Land Rover Visionary Award, London.
November 2011 - Invited to showcase a selection of their women's wear collections at Mados Infekcija in Lithuania.
October 2010 - Finalists for the Mango Fashion Award with jury members including Jean Paul Gaultier & Sarlett Johansson. Exhibiting their collection entitled ‘Omitted’ on the Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona.
April 2009 - Catwalk presentation at the 24th Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyeres, France.
March 2009 - Presented ‘Mourning Weeds’ at Museo Della Permanente, during Milan Fashion Week.
February 2009 - Womenswear catwalk presentation at Brussels Fashion Weekend.
April 2008 - Matthew was awarded the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 23rd International Festival de Mode et de Photographie at Hyeres, France.
The innovative designs by Cunnington & Sanderson have been worn by many iconic and inspiring people including -
style icon & muse Lily Gatins, French fashion model Suzanne Von Aichinger,
American singer/songwriter and record producer Zola Jesus, Iranian Pop Star Gola,
Eurovision Song contest Winner 2014 Conchita Wurst, Singer songwriter and composer Nicki Wells,
Photographer, Curator and Editor at Large of Vogue Greece - Filep Motwary,