After getting in touch with Richard to arrange an interview with our A Level Art students for The Chronicle he kindly extended an invitation to our Art students to attend his third London Fashion Week catwalk show for September 2018. Our Art Sudents, all 50, were accompanied by our Head Teacher Mr Walker, Amanda Sutton (Chairman of Govenors), Mrs Harland and myself, Miss Bishop, Head of Faculty. It was a dazzling performance, showcasing Richard’s trade mark flair both in the design work and the theatre of the moment. Models sashayed along the catwalk to live sound provided by The London Philharmonic Orchestra. Cameras flashed, creating a wall of light. Projections of stormy skies created a mood of anticipation. Anna Wintour DBE (Editor for Vogue/New York since 1988 and Creative director of Conte Nast since 2013) was seated on the front row surrounded by her entourage and Sarah Mower MBE, a fashion journalist and critic for US Vogue and an advocate for young designers who is also the British Fashion Council’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent. The students were enthralled by the show and delighted to have the opportunity to speak to journalists from major newspapers including the Guardian, Telegraph, and others. Their comments included: ‘’It reminded me of all four seasons” and ‘’at the beginning, the dresses looked like raindrops”
Richard has shown his support for Arts Education and is quoted in The Guardian as saying: “At a time when real damage is occurring to arts education, I want to point to how substantially its creative power lights the path to our future. I had a background where no one really did art and design but I was really encouraged to do it. Now they’re not classing it as an academic subject which I think is ridiculous – [fashion] is the second most profitable industry in the world. I think it’s really important to make a statement.” (The Guardian, September 2018)
Richard Quinn joined the sixth form at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School in 2006 to study A Level Art. He moved on to gain a highly competitive place on the prestigious MA Fashion degree at St Martins Central, an international hotbed for talent and recognised as a springboard into the international fashion industry.
Richard went on to be head hunted by Dior and worked in their head office in Paris. He returned and subsequently won the H&M Young Designer Award in 2017. He then set up his Peckham studio base and focused on the design and production of his own collection. He was the first individual to receive The Queen Elizabeth II Design Award in 2018, awarded to him in person by The Queen at the closure of his first collection catwalk show. He has featured in a number of leading tabloids and fashion magazines and his pieces have been championed by leading media personalities such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Amal Clooney. His designs are now stocked worldwide and in May 2018 his high street collection was launched in collaboration with Debenhams.
Students Rachel. Rebecca, Megan and Lois produced a superb range of fashion shots of the event, a few of which have featured in this article.