Friday 19 January 2018

Mum's the word for designer Richard!

By David Tucker

Richard at work with his designs.
Richard at work with his designs.

Wexford fashion designer Richard Malone has been nominated for the pestigious 2016 Design Museum awards. The collection selected is his spring 2016 collection of spiral knitted dresses, one of which was inspired by his mother's work uniform.

Last year the designer, who hails from Ardcavan, in Wexford town, was chosen by the BBC as one of the five top young artists in the UK as part of its Young Artists Day initiative, the only fashion designer and the only Irish person to be selected.

Since graduating from Central St Martins two years ago, Malone has earned many accolades for his work and retains a highly individualistic style. In two firsts for an Irish designer, he won both the coveted Deutsche Bank award of £10,000 and the LVMH Grand Prix Scholarship worth £12,500. In his second year, he also took home the Colin Barnes Drawing prize for a series of illustrations documenting Irish builders.

His collections are stocked in Brown Thomas, Selfridges in London and Joyce in Hong Kong and in many other boutiques.

He will be showing his spring/summer 2017 collection at London Fashion Week and says it will be fresh and full of colour with cuts based on 18th century techniques using block printing and recycled plastic.

Previous nominees for the Design Awards included Dior, Prada and Thomas Tait.

Richard, 25, is the son of son of James and Helen Malone and was educated at Castlebridge NS, St Peter's College, Waterford College of Further Education, and Central St Martin's (London).

The work that formed one his earlier competition entries was inspired by unlikely elements including building site apparel and school uniforms.

Richard is linked to the building trade himself through his father's work as a painter and decorator, while in terms of the school uniforms, he was inter ested in how teenagers often rebel by not wearing their uniform exactly in accordance with school rules.

'I used to be like that myself in St Peter's,' he says. 'I wore white shoes, where they asked us to wear brown. I used to pretend to be colour blind!'

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