Jeffrey Taylor’s friends and peers have told him to never change his name.
“I’ve had people tell me your name is perfect, just make sure it’s Jeffrey Taylor,” he said.
They are referring to his name’s elegance and classiness, perfect for the fashion world. The young designer recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He’s an Atlanta native, having attended Southwest DeKalb High School.
“My love and my eye is really for women’s luxury evening ware, couture, bridal — anything that is dramatic and romantic and can tell a story,” he said.
SCAD selected Taylor to represent the college at New York Fashion Week through a competition with Supima Cotton, where six students from top design school presented their work on the runway. The challenge: to create luxury women’s ware with cotton.
“We had a corduroy, a knit, a denim and a twill cotton, and from there, I started painting on it, burning it, looking at what kind of technique would work with this type of fabric,” said Taylor, whose collection fuses Tibetan colors and flowers with a 1950s silouette.
“I was in New York on my way home, and the subway was filled with these beautiful women in these beautiful textiles, and I was like, where are they going and I want to go with,” he said of his inspiration for the collection. He met one of the women on the subway and learned that colors and flowers in Tibet represent different stages of womanhood. “And I thought that was the most amazing thing I’d ever heard in my life.”
Taylor won the competition at New York Fashion Week, which included a cash prize and a trip to Paris Fashion Week to present his wares.
Now, with two of the top fashion weeks under his belt, Taylor is off to the work grind, looking for work with top designers.