Behind The Temperley Door With Matilda Temperley

4 March 2013

Some siblings have hair colour or looks in common, some have a similar personality or sense of humour, for the Temperley sisters Alice and Matilda, it's of course their outstanding creative talent!

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Matilda Temperley, the talented photographer who has covered all of her sisters shows right from the beginning. I caught up with her on the latest AW13 Temperley London show, which was held at the Dorchester.

What was the atmosphere like shooting backstage before the AW13 show?

The atmosphere was particularly calm for the AW13 show. The show was earlier than normal so the models were not held up at previous shows and the backstage area was big enough to not feel too crowded. I have been photographing Temperley shows backstage since 2007 and the most stressful one for me personally was Autumn Winter 12 because a severely broken knee meant I did it from a wheelchair!

What has been the most memorable Temperley show to shoot and why?

My most memorable Temperley show to photograph was probably the 2007 show in New York. I was brand new to photography and at that time I was still working in Uganda as a scientist so the whole atmosphere was incredibly fresh. However, different elements from each show stick in my memory as each one is a very unique experience.

From the show, which was your favourite Look, that went down the runway?

Look 10! (This is the look on the far left side)

Did you always want to be a photographer from a young age and what would be your plan B career? 

Photography is my second career. When I was growing up, although I loved photography, I didn't really consider it a career. I studied at the London School of Tropical medicine and worked in infectious disease control for a few years before deciding to give photography a shot. At that time I was living in Uganda and working in a remote area on the border with Sudan so I took a camera and a manual out there and learnt the slow, hard way without much to distract me. As a photographer you can have a very free life with a reason to look at and document whatever interests you but on the flip side you have to be incredibly motivated.

What started as a hobby for Matilda has grown into an exciting career, she’s shot for publications such as Sunday Times Style, Telegraph Magazine, Marie Claire UK, Marie Claire China, Elle Spain, Elle Portugal, Conde Nast Brides amongst many other projects. As well as shooting at all of her sisters shows she also shoots all of the Temperley London look books and most recently campaigns.

This years Temperley was as beautiful as ever, drawing on inspirations from a film by Alfred Hitchcock.

Alice explains. “Inspired by Hitchcock’s ‘Hedren' we have created a tailored and graphic muse with a balance of allure, savviness, vulnerability and prowess. Textured, rich and structured tailoring appears in Italian Jacquards, fine British checked wool and pristine cashmere. In-house designed and engineered prints and patterns play on the contrasting colours of cream, navy and cobalt, peppered with emerald and gold. Showing a continued evolution of the Temperley woman, today she is an alpha female with a darker side but still luxuriously chic and ultra feminine, whose wish is to live life to the fullest.” Alice Temperley

Honestly I don't think there has been a single Alice Temperley collection that I haven't adored, her latest AW13 collections follows on beautifully from her SS13 collection. Every single item I would adore to introduce to my wardrobe and with this in mind, it's very dangerous that they have just opened a new store right next to where I work on Bruton Street!!



  1. She takes beautiful pictures!

  2. Beautiful photos, beautiful clothes & beautiful shoes!xx

  3. Great,intresting post!!!! Lovely photos


  4. amazing outfits!!!!
    beautiful :D


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