How designer Richard Quinn paid tribute to Elizabeth II during London Fashion Week

The couturier had just ten days to redesign his parade to pay tribute to the memory of the queen, who presented him with an award years ago.

London Fashion Week couldn’t end without a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. The last shows took place on Tuesday after five days of festivities, and the British designer Richard Quinn took advantage of his to salute the memory of the sovereign, who died on September 8 at the age of 96.

The 31-year-old fashion designer dedicated his collection to the monarch and organized his parade on a circular podium, in the center of which screens broadcast archive images of the Queen of England. The first 23 outfits in this collection were all black. Models wore veils to hide their faces.

23 outfits in 10 days

As specified by Guardianwhich reports the information, the color of the outfits recalled the black that Queen Victoria wore half her life to mourn her husband, Prince Albert, and the veils symbolized those that Elizabeth II and her younger sister Margaret wore to the funeral of their father, King George VI, in 1952.

Richard Quinn said he created these 23 new outfits in 10 days after the news of the Queen’s death, working night shifts. During the parade, he also presented the colorful outfits originally planned.

The designer said the Queen had touched him “like many others with her grace and kindness”. Because he had met her in 2018, when she came in person to attend one of his parades and give him the first Queen Elizabeth II award for British Design. He has since dressed many international celebrities, from Amal Clooney to Kendall Jenner to Kylie Minogue.

London Fashion Week has been rocked by the queen’s death, which occurred ten days before its launch. The British Fashion Council (BFC), which oversees fashion week, has asked for the cancellation of side parties, parades scheduled on the day of the funeral and the closing of shops that same day. Some houses have taken the decision to cancel their shows, like Burberry and Raf Simons.

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