Richard Quinn to launch new ‘Goodwood Talent in Fashion’ Award, in association with the British Fashion Council

Horse Racing | Press Article 17/04/24

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the ‘Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award,’ in association with the British Fashion Council. This exciting new award has been specially created to nurture rising British talent, recognising innovative fashion designers who show creativity and flair. The idea was inspired by Nabil Nayal, who was commissioned to create three one-off pieces for Goodwood in 2019, and the winner of the annual award will unveil their designs during the Opening Ceremony of the Qatar Goodwood Festival. This year, the talented Richard Quinn, known for his flamboyant use of print and extravagant style, will be launching the award with three fabulous couture gowns inspired by Goodwood’s heritage.

The Duke of Richmond says:

Goodwood has always been known for its ‘England in the Summer’ fashion focus, ever since King Edward VII and Lillie Langtry frequented the event, so it is only fitting that Richard Quinn, with his talent for creating original, show-stopping design, should launch this new award, which will support young British talent whilst helping us build a unique fashion collection of one-off pieces here at Goodwood. Richard has delved into Goodwood’s past and drawn inspiration from the Edwardian style that formed  a significant part of the history of horseracing at Goodwood.”

Richard Quinn says:

“I am thrilled to be partnering with Goodwood and excited to immerse myself in the rich history and exciting sense of occasion. It’s wonderful to be celebrating high fashion just as restrictions are being lifted and I can’t wait to see my designs on Goodwood Racecourse.”

Caroline Rush, BFC Chief Executive says:

“We are delighted to support the ‘Goodwood Talent in Fashion’ Award and give the opportunity to one young British talent each year to be associated with such an iconic event. Richard Quinn was the inaugural recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, and is a fantastic creative whose style and aesthetic are fitting to Goodwood. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with!”

The threen gowns will be revealed on Tuesday 27th July 2021 during the Opening Ceremony of the Qatar Goodwod Festival and will provide a head-turning moment during Goodwood’s headline horseracing fixture, which is known for its garden party atmosphere and quintessentially English style.


The ‘Goodwood Talent in Fashion’ Award will be held every year and the winning designer selected by a panel of judges to include The Duke of Richmond, Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, Sian Westerman, Non-Executive Director, British Fashion

Council and Lydia Slater, Editor of Harper’s Bazaar. The pieces will be kept at Goodwood House and become part of the Goodwood Collection.



Editor’s Notes

About Goodwood:

Goodwood is a unique sporting estate set in 12,000 acres of rolling South Downs countryside. Owned by the Dukes of Richmond since 1697, it is best known for both its extraordinary mix of sporing activities which include horse racing, motor racing, golf, flying, shooting and cricket, all started by various enthusiastic members of the family over the last three hundred years. Goodwood is also famous for delivering fabulous hospitality and wonderful food much of which is grown on its own self sustaining orgainc farm.


About Richard Quinn:

Goodwood is a unique sporting Estate set in 12,000 acres of rolling South Downs countryside. Owned by the Dukes of Richmond since 1697, it is has become famous for its thrilling motorsport events and spectacular horse-racing. Whilst these two sports are a fundamental part of the Estate’s DNA, there is more to Goodwood

About The British Fashion Council:

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is a not-for-profit organisation set up in 1983 with the role to strengthen British fashion in the global economy as a leader in responsible, creative businesses. It does this through championing diversity and building and inviting the industry to actively participate in a network to accelerate a successful circular fashion economy. The BFC promotes British fashion internationally and does so through fashion weeks, exhibitions and showcasing events. The BFC helps British designer businesses develop their profile and business globally and supports fashion talent beginning at college level, extending to talent identification, business support and showcasing schemes. For more information visit: / /