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Richard Nicoll (1977 - 2016)

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Richard Nicoll (1977 - 2016)

Richard Nicoll, a British-born fashion designer, died Friday, Oct. 21, in Sydney, Australia, where he lived, according to multiple news sources. He was 39.

Police weren’t regarding the death as suspicious, and relatives said they suspect that he had a heart attack.

Nicoll was born in 1977 in London, England, but raised in Perth, Australia. He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2002 with a master’s in women’s fashion.

In 2008, he received three Association Nationale Pour le Developpement des Arts de la Mode prizes. During London Fashion Week the following year, he was named best young designer at the Elle Style Awards.


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Movie stars who have worn Nicoll’s designs include Julianne Moore, Sienna Miller, Emma Stone, Keira Knightley, Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger. Australian singer Kylie Minogue also has worn his fashions.

Vogue Australia’s editor-in-chief, Edwina McCann, praised Nicoll as “an extraordinarily talented designer and a wonderful, warm, generous human being. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very difficult time, and at Vogue we will celebrate and remember his unique talents, always.”

In a news release, Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, said, “We are all deeply saddened by the news that the wonderful, kind hearted and talented Richard Nicoll passed away. He had been part of NEWGEN, Fashion Forward, shortlisted for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and BFC/GQ Menswear Fund, and showed both at London Fashion Week and the first few editions of London Collections Men.

“He had many friends here and in the British fashion community and he will be truly missed.”

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