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Ahead of his show tonight at London Fashion Week, Bairbre Power meets Richard Quinn, the designer who made headlines when Queen Elizabeth sat on his front row. He talks about the influence of his Irish parents, childhood memories of Donegal and what it's like dressing some of the world's most high-profile women

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Right in fashion: Richard Quinn arm in arm with two models closing the Autumn '18 show

Right in fashion: Richard Quinn arm in arm with two models closing the Autumn '18 show

Runway looks from Quinn's 2020 collection

Runway looks from Quinn's 2020 collection

Amal Clooney has worn Richard Quinn on the red carpet

Amal Clooney has worn Richard Quinn on the red carpet

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Kendall Jenner has also worn Richard Quinn on the red carpet

Kendall Jenner has also worn Richard Quinn on the red carpet

Jennifer Lopez is another star who has worn Richard Quinn on the red carpet

Jennifer Lopez is another star who has worn Richard Quinn on the red carpet

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Right in fashion: Richard Quinn arm in arm with two models closing the Autumn '18 show

Designer Richard Quinn turned the big 3-0 last month and the London-Irish designer received a very special present when he awoke to the news that global superstar Jennifer Lopez had stepped out in one of his gowns at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It was the latest plot twist in the story of his phenomenal rise to the top.

Not bad "for an archway in Peckham", says Quinn, referring to his south London studio with a healthy dose of self-depreciation.

Richard Quinn shows his latest collection on the catwalk at London Fashion Week. The Central St Martins graduate specialises in womenswear and textiles.

In just four years, this lad from Lewisham has scaled the heights, dressing everyone from Amal Clooney to Beyoncé. Kendall Jenner wore his strapless, exaggerated mermaid gown to last year's Emmys.