Richard Quinn on designing the Creative Spot + British Fashion Council pop-up

Richard Quinn

London-born fashion designer Richard Quinn is among the UK’s brightest fashion talents and the majority has happened since he presented his MA collection at Central Saint Martins in 2016. Quinn was the very first person to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design in 2018, even luring the Queen to London Fashion Week, and earlier this year he was named the person receiving the 2022 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.

For his latest project, Quinn has partnered with Bicester Village and also the British Fashion Council to provide ‘The Creative Spot’ pop-up promoting innovative and sustainable British design a bigger-than-existence daisy floral makeover.

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The pop-up is open until June 15 featuring 18 designers including Christopher Kane, Eudon Choi, Mary Katrantzou, Patrick McDowell, Phoebe British, and Roksanda, alongside a unique Fashion Designer Richard Quinn x Bicester Village collection featuring bucket hats, T-shirts, and scarves in vibrant floral prints.

5 minutes with British fashion designer Richard Quinn

Fashion Designer Richard Quinn

Following an opening, Quinn distributed to FashionUnited why he wanted to find himself in the pop-up, his excitement at winning the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, in addition to his plans for future years, and just how that incredible Met Gala dress worn by Nicola Coughlan came into being.

How did you get involved in the Creative Spot + British Fashion Council pop-up boutique?

I was asked to create the exterior and interior of the store, so we understood it might be a very exciting project to operate on. The thought of housing a lot of gifted youthful British designers in a single boutique was something that really resonated with me.

What inspired the design of the retail space?

The look is inspired by that British summertime feeling, getting a little sunshine and brightness to Bicester Village. We would have liked to produce something which would match using the celebratory mood of the Platinum Jubilee.

How important do you think it is for emerging designers to have access to initiatives like the Creative Spot at Bicester / NewGen?

Initiatives such as this one are invaluable for emerging designers, connecting all of them with other fresh talents and helping use their lengthy-term development. The BFC is actually supportive with regards to youthful designers, supplying possibilities to an array of brands.

Which designers in the pop-up are you most excited about?

I couldn’t pick a favorite – it’s just great to see so much talent presented together in one space.

How does it feel to win the BFC and Vogue Designer Fashion Fund?

It’s really exciting for all of us once we grow the company and develop further. We couldn’t be happier to achieve the support from the Fashion Fund once we attempt our next steps as a brand.

What’s next for Richard Quinn – how will you invest the prize money in your label?

We’re really searching toward benefitting from the mentorship and advice that is included with winning the style Fund. This can unquestionably allow us to create strong decisions later on.

How do you approach the designing of a new collection?

We usually start by mapping the silhouettes and grouping them into sections from the show. Alongside this, we get the textiles, prints, and embroideries, and then combine and edit everything together to produce the ultimate collection.

Digital fashion and NFTs are hot commodities at the moment – is this something you would consider?

Nicola’s team contacted we and us understood it had been something we would like to be engaged with – many of us are huge fans of Derry Women, in addition to Bridgerton! She described her initial ideas so we created plenty of sketches, it really was a collaborative process from there onwards. She was lovely to utilize so we counseled me so pleased with the finished result.