The fashion world is a sad place today as fashion designer Richard Nicoll suddenly passed away at the age of 39. Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.
Esteemed designer Richard Nicoll is dead at just 39 after suffering a heart attack on Oct. 21. Our sister publication, WWD, reports that he was rushed to St. Vincent’s Hospital in the early hours of the morning in an ambulance from his Kings Cross apartment in Sydney.
“Richard was one of the quiet stars of fashion. He was a true gentleman, a wonderful friend and a much-loved son,” his family said in a statement. “Anyone that had the privilege of knowing him knew that he had a heart of gold, an innate kindness, and a modesty and humility that sometimes didn’t allow him to acknowledge his own exceptional creative talent. He loved his live in Australia. He had recently confirmed a new role at Adidas and a collaboration with Woolmark, both of which he was excited about. We will miss his handsome face, his sense of humor and his love.”
“I collaborated a lot with him,” said former Vogue Australia editor in chief Kirstie Clements. “I remember going to see his first Cerruti show. I was seated next to his family and everybody was so excited. He was super talented. I saw him recently, and he was really happy to be home and beginning a new chapter in his life. That’s really sad.”
Richard was born in London in 1977 and moved to Perth with his family at the age of three. He graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2002 and established his own womenswear label in London in 2005. He debuted his first collection at London Fashion Week in 2006. In 2008 he won three Association Nationale pour le Développement des Arts de la Mode prizes. He also was awarded with the Best Young Designer award at the ELLE Style Awards in 2009. Richard served as the creative director of Cerruti’s womenswear label from 2009-2011. In 2014 he closed his own label to focus on freelance projects and from February 2015 to October 2015 he was the creative director of Brit brand Jack Wills. The two-time British Fashion Council Vogue Fashion Fund finalist will truly be missed.