EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DESIGNER THE QUEEN WENT TO SEE AT LONDON FASHION WEEK
Richard Quinn is tipped for big things by those in the
In what is was possibly the greatest thing to happen to London Fashion
Week in its 34-year history, none other than the Queen sat front row at
Richard Quinn’s catwalk show yesterday.
It’s safe to say the fashion pack lost its collective cool on sight of
Her Majesty, who was perched between Caroline Rush, chief executive of
the British Fashion Council and American Vogue Editor Anna Wintour.
This is the first time the Queen has been to a fashion show, so why did
she choose to bestow such an honour on a relatively unknown designer?
Here’s everything you need to know about Richard Quinn.
1. He’s just won a major award
The Queen was in attendance to present Quinn with the inaugural Queen
Elizabeth II Award for British Design.
The award is intended to highlight the role the fashion industry plays
in society and diplomacy, and will be given annually to an emerging
British fashion star who shows ‘exceptional talent and originality,
whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or strong sustainable
2. And this isn’t the first time
South London-born Quinn was also the recipient of the 2017 H&M Design
Award, which supports young designers.
The high-street giant launched a capsule collection in store last
October, with Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M, saying: “We
believe that Richard’s collection is a great combination of creativity,
technical skills and ethical thinking, which has beautifully translated
into outstanding pieces that are fashion-forward yet wearable and
3. He’s a Central St Martins’ alumnus
Quinn graduated with an MA from London’s world-famous fashion school in
He’s in very good company. Other designers to have attended Central St
Martins include Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton (who designed the
Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress for the house of McQueen), John
Galliano, Stella McCartney, Zac Posen and Riccardo Tisci.
4. He’s all about print
The 28-year-old specialises in womenswear, creating bold floral prints
and strong silhouettes that run the gamut from edgy to glamorous.
Even as his own career is just beginning to take off, Quinn is already
committed to helping others with the creation of a print studio, which
is available for students and his peers.
5. He’s tipped for big things
Prior to this major award, Quinn’s designs have been showcased in a host
of well-respected publications like Love Magazine, The New York Times,
ID, Wonderland and Dazed & Confused.
Plus, he’s got a very famous fan in the form of Lady Gaga, who wore a
long, custom pink floral jacket last year on her Joanne world tour.