15-Year-Old Isabella Rose Taylor is Making Headlines in the Fashion Industry
03.03 / MISSBISH Artist Series
How many of you knew exactly what you wanted to do when you got older at the tender age of 9? Well, for Isabella Rose Taylor - who at the age of 3 was already painting and at age 9 was already designing clothes - she knew that she wanted to make it big in the fashion world. Not only is she a member of Mensa and the Davidson Young Scholar Program for the profoundly gifted, she also finished her high school studies at 11-years-old and went on to study fashion at a local college in her hometown of Austin, Texas. Currently, she is in her second year at Parsons in NYC. Read on to learn more about Isabella's story!
In 2014, you were the youngest designer to present at New York Fashion Week. How did it feel to see your collection on the runway?
I think every designer dreams of an NYFW runway show. It was an amazing experience. I had done several fashion shows, and I was familiar with the process but for NYFW, I had a Dell sponsorship which really took my fashion show to the next level. It was something I will never forget. It was very surreal.
Tell us about the inspiration behind your designs – how would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as clean, modern, and simple with a sporty element. I like to have “artful” touches that elevate the garment to something that feels special. The goal of my designs is to feel effortless and allow people to create their own truth in fashion. It has to be about letting the individual self-shine through what you wear.
Walk us through your latest collection…
My latest collection is all about easy wearing, an effortless style based in neutral color palettes for the everyday uniform. In the collection, simple, purposeful placement of lines and linear separation of graphics, as well as upcycled workwear were a study of what this everyday uniform can be. My mission is to be a platform of expression for young women and be that brand that can dress for their personal hustle.
How – in your opinion – does one achieve an “effortlessly cool” look?
In my opinion, to get that effortlessly cool look you need great staple pieces paired with a killer focal point of your outfit; whether that is an accessory, a great t-shirt, or a killer pair of sneakers. But at the end of the day, it is how you wear your confidence and fashion that is your place to explore and experiment.
You’ve said that “if art had legs, it would be fashion” – can you elaborate on this for us?
When I was really young I said that “ if art had legs, it would be fashion” because I felt like it was a natural extension of expression, and both are a reflection or reaction to our current culture.
What challenges do you face being 15 and trying to break into the fashion industry?
I believe I face the same challenges most entrepreneurs endure. I am young but instead of seeing that as a negative, I feel it gives me an edge in the industry. I have a unique inside viewpoint of my customers because I am my own target market. I also think that being 15, or just young in general and pursuing your dreams, is becoming more and more common in my generation. As this happens more and we prove ourselves, it will become more acceptable.
“We live in a very exciting time for fashion because the role of who dictates fashion is changing. It’s no longer from designer, to runway show, to the masses. We now have unlimited sources of inspiration through social media and technology. In my own brand, what I attempt to do is be a filter and present a point of view."
What advice do you have for aspiring designers?
I would say that aspiring designers should stick to their gut and intuition. Try to get as much hands-on experience as possible, look for mentors, and ask for help. Learn as much as you can about the fashion industry as a whole so you can have a grasp on the business aspect of being a fashion designer. Building a business is very difficult and one should decide if entrepreneurship sounds appealing versus designing for someone else. I think both are acceptable choices.
Your brand logo is an eye. Tell us a bit about the meaning behind that..
The “eye” logo is a play on the first letter of my name!
Who are three of your style icons and why?
Some of my favorite style icons are Kate Moss, as she is the epitome of effortlessly cool; present day looks of Emily Oberg and Sarah Snyder merge street wear and femininity which is very current. We live in a very exciting time for fashion because the role of who dictates fashion is changing. It’s no longer from designer, to runway show, to the masses. We now have unlimited sources of inspiration through social media and technology. In my own brand, what I attempt to do is be a filter and present a point of view.
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
I think society tries to impose its version of the truth on us, especially on young women. MISSBISH represents that discovery into who we are and finding our own individual strength. We are smart, creative, dreamers and hustlers. You should not cover or hide who you are, but be empowered to experiment and showcase yourself.
Photos by: Jessie Collier