In a word, Richard Malone is; uncompromising.. The precious balancing act he performs in each of his collections, between fashion and the environment, proves that he is steadfast in his respect for both. The Irish designer who is based dually in London and Wexford, Ireland has a couple of firsts up his sleeve. The young designer, who graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2014, is one of those unicorns that successfully sold his complete to Brown Thomas Dublin. In 2017, Malone became part of the Museum of Modern Art New York’s first fashion exhibition in more than 60 years. Shortly after the show, Malone added yet another accolade to his growing list: that of youngest artist in history to be added to the museum’s permanent collection.
Richard Malone’s Spring 2021 collection, which was presented to the fashion world in the form of a lookbook titled, ‘Rehearsal’. The collection explored his feelings during his COVID-19 quarantine; thoughts on comfort, self-preservation and perception of time.
Not all designers’ creative process is the same.. Some have an incredible sense of imagination, but then need someone to actually translate it.. Others, like Richard Malone himself is; for lack of a better term, truly hands on. His knowledge and understanding of the creative process gave him what we have always longed for; time and a huge ‘do not disturb’ sign. Something COVID-19 clearly gave us plenty of during hard lockdown conditions. It was in this atmosphere that Richard Malone created his Spring 2021 collection. Looking through the collection is like savoring the aromas of a home-made favorite dish. They are heavy with personal memories, you can almost feel them. There is also a great focus on technique.. the pieces weren’t just creatively designed, but also innovatively executed. Richard revealed his process, with the hand-dying of garments in his personal bathtub, to hours spent in front of the mirror folding and moulding his fascinatingly intricate velvet dresses.
If you are wondering how these special pieces will be created in a traditionally commercial ready-to-wear business model, then rest assured that Richard Malone is not one to do things ‘traditionally’. A strong advocate against mass production, Malone’s collections are often released in strictly limited numbers. How does he make ends meet then? Ultimately its all a matter of supply and demand, and judging from his highly coveted collections and cult following, we are confident his formula is doing just fine…. Check out the complete Spring 2021 collection here.