Richard Malone is the latest to light up the cultural offerings of London’s Greenwich Peninsula.
His graduated from Central Saint Martins’ womenswear BA where he was awarded the prestigious LVMH Grand Prix scholarship in 2014, Malone went on to win the Deutsche Bank Award, show three seasons under the banner of Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East and three more with Newgen at London Fashion Week.
In a short time, he’s become renowned for his sustainable practice, use of waste materials, playful color and print, and architectural shapes that are at once both outlandish and wearable.
It’s a relative whirlwind career but between his explorative artistic approach to design and his roster of private clients for whom he creates bespoke commissions, pioneering women in the fashion and arts from Julia Muggenburg to Farshid Moussavi, Björk and Sinead Burke to name but a few that can be named, Malone has a burgeoning body of work.
Malone’s pièce de resistance is the exterior, where a large-scale projected video will show dancer Finetta Mikolajska dancing in Malone’s creations, revealing the unexpected flexibility of his bombastic, molded pieces. ‘It’s quite funny to project something a bit weird and avant-garde, opposite the O2 Arena – people are sometimes really intimidated to go into those gallery spaces, like my parents for example. Passersby will have to see it because it’s right there outside the building, and it’s quite democratic in a way.’