Richard Quinn puts new spin on vintage Liberty florals using Epson inkjet for first London Fashion Week show
Fashion and print designer Richard Quinn’s recent London Fashion Week Show was hosted by Liberty London. The collection featured a modern twist on vintage Liberty prints and were produced using the Epson SureColor SC-F9200 in Richard’s London studio.
Richard’s hyper-graphic acid and retro florals made a dramatic statement at the first ever fashion show inside Liberty London’s iconic department store. The collection featured vibrant full body stockings, dresses, coats, gloves, shoes, boots and bags, printed on materials including challenging elasticated textiles, sparkling textured Lycra, jerseys, rich Premier Textile satins and Mylar foils to produce unique and stunning pieces.
The collection included the debut of a limited-edition Liberty London Iphis bag designed by Richard in collaboration with James Millar, Liberty London Design Director. The bag will be commercially available in 2018.
“It was a great opportunity to be given access to Liberty’s design archive with the freedom to manipulate them, creating a new perspective on these iconic patterns”, says Richard. “It’s been fantastic using the SureColor dye-sublimation digital printer to experiment with many new materials, even sequined fabric, to see what effects we can achieve. We have spent a lot of time researching and trying out new digital print techniques and we are continually discovering new effects which is very exciting and often inspires new outfits and accessories.”
In addition to printing and producing Richard Quinn’s Spring/Summer18 collection, the Richard Quinn Print Studio also printed the textiles for London Fashion Week collections shown by Dilara Findikoglu, Charles Jeffery, Supriya Lele, Sean Ux and Mimi Wade
“The studio has only been open for a few months but we are already attracting many designers who want to get their textiles printed here using our digital and screen print facility,” says Richard. “They know we can advise on fabrics, produce superb quality quickly and, as a design house ourselves, we understand their needs – and deadlines!”
“It’s very inspiring to see how Richard and his team are experimenting with the SureColor printer and new fabrics and substrates to produce amazing effects for haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion items. The considerable power and flexibility of Epson digital dye-sublimation is fast becoming a mainstream technology in the fashion industry” says Heather Kendle, Market Development Manager, Epson Europe.