Dean Quinn is one a few successful designers to have the opportunity to showcase their work at London Fashion Week. He has always had a strong interest in fashion but whilst growing up in a market town in Northern Ireland, the fashion world seemed like a world away. Dean Quinn decided then that he had to move to London.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Quinn then interned with Zandra Rhodes before enrolling at London’s Central Saint Martins college. Graduating in 2009 he went on to win womenswear Designer of the Year award for his sci-fi inspired BA collection (which saw beads tumble in a domino effect down and around crisp and neat tailoring). He was quickly picked up by Vauxhall Fashion Scout and its Ones To Watch initiative. He worked for a year at Versace, and then launched his own label. Barneys New York snapped up his debut collection of bright, sportif dresses.
“After graduating from CSM I received an amazing response to my work which spurred me on and was a great confidence boost. I made sure that I listened to people’s feedback to ensure the collection progressed,” Quinn explained.
Dean Quinn clearly has a peculiar take on the construction of regular garments. For Dean Quinn’s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear collection the designer wanted to move away from designing evening dresses.
“This season, for me, was really about suits and separates. You know, the kinds of pieces women really wear.” Bless. Quinn’s take on suiting was refreshingly non-traditional. His standout look for this collection was a cool black suit comprising narrow boot-cut pants and a geometric vest trimmed with custom gold zippers; elsewhere, splitting the difference between a suit and salwar kameez, Quinn paired his seriously sleek boot-cuts with matching or coordinating tunic tops. Then, of course, there were dresses. The best of these were the least fussy—when Quinn really heeds his minimalist instincts, he comes off almost as a ‘budding Calvin Klein’. To wit, check out his lipstick red tank dress, with perfectly judged dropped waist and pleats, and his red and white slipdress, so Zen in its simplicity. That kind of clean and quiet look is hard to pull off and harder still to make sexy, but Quinn has the chops. Fashion watchers should expect big things from him, and soon.
For more check out the Dean Quinn website.
Written By Sejal Patel