A day in the life of an Artisan of the Wild: The vibrant world of fashion designer Richard Quinn
June 2019 - British fashion designer Richard Quinn is one of Maison Perrier-Jouët’s Artisans of the Wild. Having founded his eponymous label in just 2016, he has already established a reputation for using both innovative and artisanal techniques to create extravagant contemporary womenswear. Shortly after his spectacular interpretation of Art of the Wild was unveiled at amfAR Gala Cannes, he invited Maison Perrier-Jouët to explore his inner workings at his Peckham studio on 4th June 2019.
In his hometown of London, Richard Quinn took Maison Perrier-Jouët on a whirlwind 24-hour introduction to his creative world. Over the course of the day the award-winning designer led activities that delve into his practice from the Peckham studio where he and his team print and embellish fabrics in-house. He also presented a close-up look at the inspirations and process behind his collaboration with the House: a unique couture gown that was revealed on the amfAR Gala Cannes red carpet in May earlier that year, worn by fellow Artisan of the Wild Winnie Harlow.
Maison Perrier-Jouët has asserted a singular vision of the world since its very foundation, inspired by the free spirit of its founders and the Art Nouveau movement. This vision is centred around a resolutely original approach to champagne and an unconventional observation of nature, which informs everything the House does. The essence of this reinvented nature has been captured with Art of the Wild: the universe as seen by Maison Perrier-Jouët to re-enchant the everyday. To spread the magnetism of Art of the Wild, Maison Perrier-Jouët has assembled an international community of creative talents called Artisans of the Wild, who embody this unique energy. From a range of creative fields – including art, design, fashion, gastronomy and hospitality – they share the same values as the House and form a dialogue with it, as well as each of their respective domains, all over the world.
One of the many things that unite Maison Perrier-Jouët and Richard Quinn is their affinity with unexpected, unbridled nature. This is precisely what was captured with the bespoke red carpet dress. It exudes the exuberance of Art of the Wild with its exaggerated bow detail and voluminous train comprising 200 metres of tulle, as well as the vibrant colours and hand-embroidered floral motif, which is an homage to the House’s Art Nouveau legacy. The designer’s dedication to using hand-crafting techniques also encapsulates the tradition and savoir-faire at the heart of the House’s heritage.
This was not the first encounter between Richard Quinn and Maison Perrier-Jouët. Earlier in 2019, the designer discovered 200 years of the House’s history at the Maison Belle Epoque in Epernay. Maison Perrier-Jouët then travelled to London to host the after party of his label’s fashion week show to toast his most extravagant runway collection yet.