The Queen of England, at 91 years of age attended her first ever London Fashion Week event when she attended Richard Quinn’s fall 2018 runway show. Seated on a special blue-velvet cushion to support her lucite chair on the front row, the Queen was seated next to Anna Wintour who was in her signature shades.
Richard Quinn was slowly gaining recognition on the fashion front, however, it is only fair to assume that we will be hearing a lot of him now that the Queen attended his show and awarded him with “the inaugural” rose-shaped Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, amid tears and cheers from the audience! Designed by the Queen’s longtime dressmaker Angela Kelly; the award aims to emphasise and highlight the significant role played by the fashion industry in “society and diplomacy”. The choice of the award’s recipient was aided by the British Fashion Council and the award aims at recognising new and emergent talents in the fashion scene who are equally involved in their communities.
So who is this Richard Quinn?? A graduate from Central Saint Martins, Richard launched his label in 2016 at the age of 28 after having interned for Dior as well as Savile Row, and he followed up his BA with an MA that was sponsored by The Stella McCartney Foundation. Despite being known to favour “the eccentric and structural”; the designer’s second collection was this breathtaking floral collection that was quite dazzling on the runway.
However significant this award is, but it was not his first. In 2017, he was chosen to receive H&M’s Design Award, as well as having being chosen by Liberty London for its talent initiative #SarahsList, referring to Sarah Mower; British Fashion Council’s ambassador for emerging talent who was behind the rise to fame for Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, and J.W. Anderson.
Also known for covering the models’ faces with fabric, the designer expanded on this idea to include headwear, and if this collection is anything to judge him by then it is safe to say that we will be definitely seeing and hearing a lot of this young designer in the days to come.