It’s A Quinn Thing
Since having Her Royal Majesty the Queen sit FROW at his show last month and as the recipient of the very first ‘Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design’ Richard Quinn has been the name on every fashion editor’s lips.
Making history, the event marked the first time Her Majesty The Queen had attended London Fashion Week, sitting alongside the British Fashion Council’s CEO Caroline Rush CBE and US Vogue Editor Dame Anna Wintour.
Richard Quinn’s extraordinary use of print and subversive spin on vintage styles gained him the award and subsequently the ensuing media attention. His entire collection was printed at Quinn’s South London studio, using Epson digital printers on fabric supplied by Premier Textiles.
For AW 18/19 Quinn presented a riot of head-to-toe colour, vibrant florals and vintage patterns all completed with customised boots, shoes, bags, full-length gloves and motorbike helmets wrapped to match by Slam Signs – again using Epson technology.
Based in Peckham, South London, Richard Quinn’s Epson-equipped print studio not only produces his own designs but also offers affordable print services to design students and other emerging designers.
Today, 20th March, Quinn opened his print studio doors to press and industry professionals for a live demonstration into his creative print making process. To coincide with this Open Day Epson also hosted a dinner at Skylon last night where Fashion Enter’s Development Director, Jenni Sutton, was in attendance. She met up with Freya Richmond, Head of Print at Richard Quinn, and discussed the importance of the studio’s relationship with Epson and how the UK fashion industry can strengthen by working together.
After winning the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design Quinn commented on his relationship with Epsom: “Thank you for believing in my vision of the studio. The constant dialogue and passion for development really excites me and educates me and my team each season.”
Heather Kendle, Market Development Manager, Epson Europe responded: “It’s really inspiring to see how Richard explores the power of Epson digital printing and we are extremely proud to be working with him. This Award is a great accolade and recognises Richard and his team’s dedication, creativity and hard work.”
Quinn graduated with a Master of Arts in Fashion from Central St Martins in 2016 and won the H&M Design Award in 2017. A former intern under Raf Simons at Dior and winner of Stella McCartney Foundation, Richard’s focus is on sustainability and cruelty free designs.
Since emerging on the Fashion Week radar he has become known for his vivid signature style. Just before he showcased his AW18/19 collection before Her Majesty the Queen at London Fashion Week last February Quinn was announced as the latest name to join the ‘Designers at Debenhams’ roster.
Quinn’s collaboration with Debenhams launches in May with a collection of 12 dresses available online and in selected stores with price points ranging from £69 to £149. A second collection will be created for Spring/Summer 2019.
On collaborating with Debenhams Richard Quinn said, “Debenhams has a strong heritage in collaborating with designers and creating accessible high street collections. I am proud to work with the team and really pleased with the Spring/Summer 2018 debut range.”
From his ‘open to all’ studio to his designed and made in the UK garments and now his affordable collaboration with Debenhams, Quinn’s all-encompassing and ethical stance is one to applaud, and long may it continue.
(Images from top to bottom: Richard Quinn receiving the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design after his AW18/19 show at LFW, two designs from his AW18/19 collection, Jenni Sutton with Freya Richmond at the Epson dinner, portrait of Richard Quinn to announce his Debenhams collaboration, the Epson / Richard Quinn open day presentation and below more images from the presentation, Q&A and Open Day.)