Meet the man who turned the Queen's head

Meet the man who turned the Queen's head
From BBC - February 21, 2018

It was only ever going to be a matter of time.

Richard Quinn is "the printmaster fashion needs", wrote Paper magazine in 2016.

A designer to watch, said magazines 10 and Dazed and Confused, the New York Times and the Sunday Times.

Lady Gaga is apparently a fan and internationally-renowned photographer Juergen Teller shot his graduate collection for a Modern Matter magazine front cover.

But until Tuesday, most people had never heard of British womenswear designer Richard Quinn.

In only his second year at London Fashion Week, he got a publicity boost that must be the stuff of dreams - a 91-year-old in duck-egg blue on the front row.

The Queen, sitting beside fashion's queen bee, Vogue's editor-in-chief Dame Anna Wintour in trademark sunglasses, made for a compelling shot that was splashed across Britain's front pages.

The runway show showed off Quinn's bold prints, retro florals and models in motorcycle helmets and scarves - in fashion-speak his collections bring a "colourful optimism".

At the end, the Queen presented Quinn with the very first Queen Elizabeth II award for British design.

For Quinn, dressed in baseball cap, Nike trainers and five o'clock shadow, it was all "a bit surreal".

He told reporters he was given only a couple of days' notice, so decided to add a few "Queen touches" giving his models headscarves and scarf patterns.

"We really hammed it up," he told the Telegraph.


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