Who is Richard Quinn? Top 3 Things To Know About The Designer Who Had Queen Elizabeth II As His VIP In London Fashion Week
By now, you would have seen the photos of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II, next to Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, sitting at the front row in London Fashion Week. It was an electrifying fashion moment, which flooded everyone’s feed as the Fall/Winter 2018-2019 fashion season proceeds. But who exactly is running the show that had the queen, the Anna and Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC), watching side-by-side?
Her Majesty The Queen sits front row alongside Anna Wintour and BFC CEO @97crush at BFC NEWGEN recipient @richardquinn1's #LFW catwalk show. The Queen presented for the first time, The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn. See highlights from The Queen's visit to the BFC Designer Showrooms and Show Space. @theroyalfamily
Soon enough, the name Richard Quinn made the headlines. Who exactly is this 28 year-old designer? To get you acquainted, here are the quick facts about Richard to get you up to speed on his amazing career.
1. Winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design
Apart from watching Richard’s show, her majesty was actually there to present him the Queen Elizabath II Award for Design. This prestigious recognition, selected by the BFC, is a special salute to “the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy”, and is awarded annually to a promising designer.
2. Rising Talent
Richard had established his namesake line in 2016, after graduating a Fashion MA at Central Saint Martins. He is best known for his vibrant, intricate prints made with innovative textiles. His talent has since caught the attention of many fashion titles, like H&M’s 2017 Design Award, Dazed magazine, The New York Times, ID magazine, and LOVE magazine.
3. Entrepreneur Giving Back
Part of the stipulations mentioned in the award is talent “whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or strong sustainable policies.” In 2017, Richard partnered with Epson to launch an “open access” textile printing facility in Peckham, London. The studio allowed fashion students and young designers to affordably source textile, while also learning more from Richard and his technicians.
Lead photo from @britishfashioncouncil