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Wexford born Irish designer and multi-disciplinary artist Richard Malone, 30, has become an industry go-to for authenticity, resourcefulness and rebellion. In February 2020, rounding off the meteoric first chapter of his career, Malone was named the winner of the International Woolmark Prize, previously awarded to Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent - praised by the panel of judges for his ‘radically transparent’ working practise, revolutionary approach to research and a redefined notion of luxury. The lifeblood of his work is Malone’s detailed, sensitive observation of form and his investment in age old craft and technique. A staunch advocate for women’s rights, Malone was a vocal public supporter of the Repeal The 8th campaign in Ireland, staging a protest at London's Selfridges Department Store and contributing a celebrated essay to British Vogue. He has dressed and collaborated with clients ranging from art and fashion industry executives to international icons: Tilda Swinton, Roisin Murphy, Björk, Debbie Harry, Rihanna, Kate Moss and Beyoncé.
As well as his bi-annual shows at London Fashion Week, Malone’s work in sculpture and performance has become highly collectible and is part of the permanent collections of some of the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries - including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York, the Design Museum in London, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Malone was one of the youngest artists to be collected by the MoMA NewYork, and his work has been included in two major exhibitions at the museum, as well as the permanent collection. His cross-disciplinary approach includes sculpture, performance, drawing, poetry and photography. Malone is internationally recognised as an advocate for conscious design and has worked across the world in researching and developing sustainable practices for the fashion industry. Malone’s pieces are made in strictly limited editions, or completely unique - fabrications include handwoven cotton supporting regenerative farming, locally sourced woven wools from the Mourne mountains, regenerated ocean-waste jerseys and garments reconstructed from past season toiles. Malones' work extends to sculpture, furniture, textiles and clothing. Malone is strongly against the mass production involved in the creative and fashion industries, and many pieces from his studio are completely unique. Malone also works with several charities in creating opportunities for low income and underprivileged students. Malones working class rural Irish background has informed his support of education reform, his latest essay on class barriers to creativity will be published in Luncheon magazine this June.