​british designer richard nicoll has passed away at 39

The London-born, Perth-raised designer was an early Fashion East recruit, presenting his collections at London Fashion Week until 2014, and had recently been consulting for brands in Sydney.

by Charlotte Gush
21 October 2016, 3:20pm

British fashion designer Richard Nicoll has passed away at the age of 39, a number of reports in the Australian press have confirmed. Nicoll was born in London and grew up in Perth, returning to London to study fashion designer under Louise Wilson at Central Saint Martins, where his 2002 graduate collection was famously bought in its entirety by Dolce & Gabbana.

After graduating, Nicoll showed his debut collection as part of Fashion East at London Fashion Week, returning for two more seasons before his first on-schedule solo show in 2005. Nicoll quickly became known for his signature clean lines, sporty cuts, and sculptural tailoring, with fans including Lily Allen, Sienna Miller, Diane Kruger, Florence Welsh, and Kanye West, who would sit front row at his shows.

"I have a strong idea of the kind of woman I design for," Nicoll told i-D in a feature accompanying his cover story collaboration with artist Linder Sterling and photographer Tim Walker. "A woman who is strong, an independent thinker, creative, idiosyncratic and who celebrates individuality over generic ideals of status and sexuality."

While running his own label, Nicoll also worked as a freelance designer for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton; he became the creative director of the Paris-based fashion house Cerruti between 2009 and 2011; and designed a wedding-themed capsule collection for Topshop on 2012. Nicoll put his own label on hold in 2014 to focus on consultancy projects for brands and celebrities, working most recently in Sydney, Australia.

The Australian Daily Telegraph reports that Richard Nicoll was taken from his apartment in King's Cross, Sydney, to St Vincent's Hospital in the early hours of Friday morning. His death is not being treated as suspicious, but a cause has not yet been confirmed.


Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Piczo

Richard Nicoll