Richard Quinn (source: Vogue)

January 3 is Richard Quinn’s birthday.

I’ve told this story before, but it bears repeating . . .

A couple of years ago, I emailed Sarah Mower to ask her if she knew Richard Quinn’s birthday. A moment later she replied with a message that she had just left his studio where she had discovered that they shared the same birthday. Quinn was on our team!

Since then, I should have bothered to find out the designer’s birth info (date; time; place), but I’m just going to assume that Wikipedia is correct in stating that he was born in London in 1990. I’ll probably end up having to retract everything I’m about to write at a later date. Wikipedia isn’t always correct!

Yet with a January 3, 1990 birthday (and a default birth time of noon), I still don’t know enough about Richard Quinn. He was born during the 1990 Capricorn stellium with the sun, Mercury, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune all in the sign of the goat. He has Venus in Aquarius (like me), Mars in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Cancer. I cannot be sure about his moon sign because it was hovering around the Pisces/Aries cusp at noon on the day he was born.

I suspect that he has a Pisces moon, though, because of his use of mixed prints. However, if Jupiter in Cancer is prominently-placed in his chart, that could explain why floral prints have become his design signature. In “Star Struck Style,” I even mention my own obsession with floral prints when I discuss my elevated Cancer moon. I associate garden-variety florals with Cancer because of the sign’s connections with fertility.

That would mean that he was born before 11:00 AM, so I could narrow down his ascendant to just a few signs. If he was born between midnight and 2:00 AM, he would have a Libra rising sign, like me. A Libra ascendant would put all those Capricorn planets in the fourth house, as well as elevating Jupiter in the tenth house, and that would correspond to Quinn’s Cancer-like fondness for floral prints. A Libra rising/fourth house sun combination would also go a long way to explain his ladylike silhouettes that can sometimes stray into nostalgic territory (with a little Capricorn kink thrown in for good measure).

I could buy that scenario. Nevertheless, I’ve only got a one-in-twelve chance of being right. Still, it’s fun to speculate. Maybe I’ll be able to learn a little more about Richard Quinn from our mutual friend so that I can revisit this topic sometime in the future.

Stay tuned . . .

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