Richard Quinn was announced as the winner of H&M sixth annual Design Award. A panel of fashion insiders narrowed down the field from 500 applicants from around the world.
The 26-year-old Quinn graduated in 2016 from London's Central Saint Martens, and had already made a name for himself for his dizzying, effusive graphic prints and his dedication to eco-friendly and cruelty-free processes. He spoke with PAPER earlier this year, telling us that it was important to him as a designer to keep his fashion bold: "I'm just pushing for the next collection to maintain the unafraid attitude and mood."
The judging panel was led by H&M creative advisor Ann-Sofie Johansson and included Imran Amed, editor in chief of Business of Fashion; Pernille Teisbaek, founder and creative director of Social Zoo; Zanita Whittington, creative director of Azalle and Zanita Studio; Yasmin Sewell, fashion director of Style.com; last year's winner of H&M Design Award, Hannah Jinkins; and H&M creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch.
Quinn's prize includes roughly $62,000 and a year-long mentorship from H&M, which could see pieces from his winning collection being sold next fall in stores.