Matt James and Left Field Productions

After studying Acting & Musical Theatre at London's Mountview Theatre School, Matt James stumbled into a career in event production while volunteering for AIDS charity London Lighthouse.

matt jamesIn 1998 he created and produced the Designs For Life fashion show which brought together one hundred of the top names in fashion, from Armani to Versace, each of whom designed a one-of-a-kind garment inspired by the AIDS red ribbon symbol. During this time Matthew sold the sponsorship of the event to Canon and the event went on to be a phenomenal success raising much-needed funds for people living with HIV and generating world-wide TV and press coverage.

Following Canon Designs For Life, Matt James went on to establish his own event production company, Left Field Productions, and has continued creating high profile fundraising events for charities and private clients.

In 1999, Matt persuaded Sir Elton John to open the grounds of his estate for a summer garden party. This event went on to become his now famous White Tie & Tiara Ball, which has raised millions of pounds for his AIDS Foundation.

Canon Designs for LifeLater that year, Matt approached Mattel for permission to use the Barbie brand to create a fundraising initiative to raise money for children living with HIV & AIDS. He then secured leading names from the world of contemporary art and photography to create works of art using Barbie dolls, while top fashion designers were invited to dress Barbie both in miniature and life size garments.

The Art of Barbie exhibition and fashion show was co-hosted by Victoria Beckham and Sir Elton John. Contributing artists and designers included Mario Testino, Alexander McQueen, Sam Taylor-Wood, David Bailey, Jean Paul Gaultier, Anthony Gormley, Ellen Von Unwerth, Paul Smith, Marc Quinn, Stella McCartney, Rachel Whiteread, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Alison Jackson, and Versace.

Barbie catwalk showOther notable fundraising events Matt has been responsible for include: a party for Kevin Spacey to raise money for a new roof for The Old Vic Theatre, and transforming the long running British Red Cross London Ball from a traditional black-tie charity dinner in the Grosvenor House Ballroom, into a glamorous, multi-award winning, red carpet event attended by the likes of Hugh Grant, Roberto Cavalli and Girls Aloud.



Left Field Productions

Left Field Productions has been responsible for some of Europe's most glamorous events including:

  • Elton John's White Tie & Tiara Ball
  • Stella McCartney's wedding
  • Sarah Jesscia Parker's TV show launch Work of Art, MIPCOM 2010 Cannes
  • David LaChappelle's UK exhibition opening
  • Kevin Spacey's party to celebrate his directorship of The Old Vic Theatre
  • Elvis Costello & Diana Krall's wedding
  • The launch of The Sugababes as the face of Wella Shockwaves
  • John Water's TV show launch Love You To Death, MIPTV 2007 Cannes
  • The launch of Superbrands for Selfridges
  • David Furnish' 40th birthday in Venice
  • Montblanc's fine jewellery launch
  • The British Red Cross London Ball
  • The opening of Stella McCartney's London boutique
  • La Trophee Chopard at the 58th Cannes Film Festival

Since 2004 Left Field Productions has won an unprecedented 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.


See a selection of photos from events by Matt James and Left Field Productions, or go to the Left Field Productions website for more information


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TV, Press, and Public Speaking

Matt James has become a prominent figure in the UK event industry and is a regular speaker at industry events.

These include:


  • Lecture, Southampton Solent University Event Management Degree Course


  • Judge, The Eventice
  • Guest speaker, International Confex at Excel London


  • Guest speaker, The Academic Venue Show at The Business Design Centre


  • Guest speaker at the RSVP trade show at The Business Design Centre


  • Guest speaker, The International Special Events Society (ISES) Conference


  • Judge of the Incentive, Travel and Meetings Association (ITMA) Awards
  • Guest speaker at the International Confex Conference at Earls Court Exhibition Centre


  • Guest speaker at the RSVP trade show at Olympia Exhibition Centre
  • Guest lecturer for Event Management degree course students at Thames Valley University
  • Judge of the Corporate Event Association (CEA) Awards


  • A lecture to members of The International Special Events Society (ISES) about his work.



Matt has contributed to both consumer magazines, such as Esquire and Instyle, and trade publications such as RSVP. In 2005 RSVP created the monthly column Matt's Planet where in each issue he profiled a recent event produced by Left Field Productions.

In 2009, Matt James appeared as a party expert on Sky One's primetime Saturday night show Noels HQ with Noel Edmunds.

He is also author of the forthcoming book How to Become an Event Planner, a practical guide for starting a career in events.

For more information see Matt James.


Media Enquiries

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Craig Latto
Senior Agent

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