The Duke of Richmond Awards Molly Goddard for Her “Lavish and Flamboyant Designs”

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  • Aug 04, 2022

The Duke of Richmond Awards Molly Goddard for Her “Lavish and Flamboyant Designs”

British fashion designer Molly Goddard Having already designed looks that are loved by celebrities on both sides of the pond, her sophisticated and rebellious style has been a huge influence on her peers. Last week, she became a part of British fashion history when she was awarded the Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award by the British Fashion Council and British Fashion Council. Duke of Richmond The award is named after the Goodwood estate, which has been the seat of the Duke’s family for over 300 years.

In a statement, Duke explained why he was honored to present Godard with the award. He said: “Molly was a clear contender for this year’s award: her collections are full of bright and cheerful colors and she is known for her luxurious and glamorous designs. “It fits perfectly with Goodwood’s approach to fashion, which embraces a glamorous yet relaxed style.”

As part of the award, Goddard designed three costumes based on the mood of the estate and they will be added to the estate’s permanent collection, alongside its prized paintings by artists such as George Stubbs and Canaletto. Goddard’s capsule collection of three dresses was unveiled on July 26 during the opening ceremony of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, an annual five-day series of horse races also known as Glorious Goodwood.

The three dresses I’ve created have been inspired by the incredible art collection and interiors of Goodwood House. I am very honored that my work will be part of this amazing collection. “Upon visiting, it was immediately apparent how special Goodwood is. Upon arrival, I was shown into the main house through a room filled floor to ceiling with beautiful Sur porcelain.”

The award was chosen by a panel of judges that included the Duke and Lydia Slater From Harper’s Bazaar England along with Sian Westerman And Carolyn Rush British Fashion Council Chief Executive Rush said: “Congratulations to leading British designer Molly Goddard on receiving this year’s Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award. Through this annual award, the Duke of Richmond creates an extraordinary archive of British creativity, highlighting the role of fashion and style in this quintessentially British racing event.

The Goodwood estate is set in 12,000 acres of land in Chichester, West Sussex, 60 miles south of London, and has been in the family since the first Duke of Richmond, an illegitimate son of King Charles II, acquired the land. A small house for use as a hunting lodge in 1697. The current Duke, Charles Gordon-Lennox, is the 11th Duke of Richmond and was known as the Earl of March before the death of his father, the 10th Duke of Richmond, in 2017.

The 10th Duke was known for his restoration of the estate in the 1960s and 1970s and his progressive social views. Along with the famous Sussex Downs racetrack, there is a racetrack, an organic farm, a golf course, a hotel, and a pheasant shooting range. Spectators come from all over the world for Glorious Goodwood, other horse racing and motoring events, and the annual Goodwood Revival Festival, a motor race where participants dress up in costumes from the 1940s, 50s and 60s to promote sustainability and recycling.

The Goodwood Talent Award in Fashion was established in 2020 and was awarded to a designer for the first time Richard Quinn. The idea of ​​this award came after the Syrian-born British designer Nabil Nile In 2019, he commissioned three looks for the magnificent Goodwood Qatar. His designs were a striking black and white collection.

Praising Goddard in a statement, the Duke said: “Ever since King Edward VII and Lily Langtree competed in the 19th century, we have always been known for this quintessentially ‘English in summer’ way of dressing. “This award was created to support innovative British talent while helping us to create a unique collection of one-off pieces here at Goodwood. We are delighted that Molly’s dresses will become part of our fashion heritage. »


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