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Dean Quinn: Beady Eyed

The CSM graduate presented his sophomore collection as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout's exhibition.

Dean Quinn's extraordinary geometric glass beading caught our eye at last year's Central Saint Martins BA show and since then he has gone onto show as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout's Ones to Watch show. His latest A/W 10-11 collection is a less restricted take on his intricate beading whilst retaining all of the delicate handiwork that he is becoming known for. He presented the collection as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout's exhibition space as well as taking it to Paris for the first time. We chat to him about keeping his beady eyes firmly on the prize.

Dazed Digital: How did you come across this particular beading motif for this collection?
Dean Quinn: I really wanted to recreate the sort of imagery within the garments that I seen within Jane Campion's  'The Piano'.  The last scene when the piano is laying on the sea floor covered in Urchins and anemones is the basis for the entire collection, the idea of nature breaking down the Piano and in other scenes her Victorian clothing led to the majority of the design ideas and I developed it from there.

DD: How did this collection progress from your BA graduate collection?
Dean Quinn: It was a very difficult collection for me this season as there was a lot of pressure on me to deliver. The graduate collection was so well received that a lot of people advised me to do a very similar collection to the previous adding in more commercial pieces. I really did not want to go down this road of doing the same collection season after season with slight changes. This season I really decided to focus on the balance of art and commerce and tried to start bringing the collection in a direction that means that every single piece can be bought off the hanger.

DD: What is in the pipeline for Dean Quinn, the label?
Dean Quinn: This season will be rather important for me as I have learned enough about the business side now to realize that the Spring collection is the more important of the two. After designing a monochrome graduate collection I went on this season to introduce a lot more colour. Next season I think everyone will be surprised at the type of collection I am going to present as its just so different to what I have been doing over the past few two collections. I want to constantly surprise others as well as challenge myself.

DD: What's the best thing about being a young designer in London?
Dean Quinn: There is so much room here to do whatever you want.  There is also the expectation of young designers to create something original and individual every season which drives you constantly.

DD: And the worse?
Dean Quinn: Production!