Richard is a true textile designer at heart. Having spent his past six years at CSM, he completed a foundation and a BA in Fashion Print with a striking collection of evening gowns. The concept, a ripped and collaged mix of garden florals and party dresses, labelled Quinn as the ‘one to watch.’ His talent was noticed by the Stella McCartney foundation, who sponsored his MA studies. Working with this sponsorship was both an opportunity and a challenge to step up and be innovative with the materials he used. “It actually made me think harder,” said Quinn. “In fact, it actually drove me to be more creative and develop new techniques and surfaces. I wanted a black patent leather, so I developed a coating that resulted in all the seams in the garment disappearing, so it created a really amazing finish without any animal products.” He is a prime example of a new generation of designers pushing to create textiles in a socially conscious way.