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Richard Quinn's sombre London Fashion Week show was dedicated to The Queen

The British designer paid tribute to his biggest royal supporter

Natalie Salmon
Natalie SalmonFashion Digital Editor
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Richard Quinn closed London Fashion Week, with a tribute befitting our longest reigning monarch. The show was of course dedicated to The Queen, who famously attended his show back in 2018 - sitting front row alongside Dame Anna Wintour and the BFC's Caroline Rush. 

Sombre models made their way slowly around the circular runway to the melancholy tune of Song to the Siren. The designer showcased a dazzling display of mourning veils, and black beaded tiaras, with a distinctly Victorian feeling, one model wore a supersized version of Elizabeth II's trademark hat. The veils themselves, some opulently embellished, were reminiscent of those worn by the Queen and her sister Princess Margaret to their father George VI's funeral in 1952. 

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Richard Quinn SS23

According to the designer, "Spring/Summer2023 encapsulates the fresh and new; dramatic silhouettes walk the runway with a bold sense of purpose. Materialising in intricately crafted textile fabrications, the collection embodies an exquisite futurism." In a statement the brand explained, "Richard Quinn dedicates his SS23 collection to Her Majesty the Queen, who touched him among so many others with her grace and kindness." In the middle of the stage in Pimlico's Lindley Hall Richard presented an entire installation dedicated to her majesty, with videos of the Queen playing on televisions and cameras.

After hearing the news of her passing Richard Quinn decided to completely rethink his entire collection, and thus his team set out on the gargantuan task of creating the show’s opening black looks, all 23 of them, in 10 days.

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Richard Quinn SS23

Sticking to his typical avant garde aesthetic there were plenty of signature Richard Quinn details to be found, from oversized sleeves to latex. After launching his eponymous label back in 2016, the designer of course shot to fame when The Queen presented him with the first ever Queen Elizabeth ll award for British Design. Soon after Amal Clooney donned one of his dresses to the Met Gala, apparently scrapping her first dress choice in favour of Quinn's design. 


Richard Quinn SS23

"Fashion is always a comment on what’s going on," he told reporters after the show, "This is a really historic moment, so we took a moment to pause, re-look at the shapes and fabrics and did a 360°." Long live the Quinn. 

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