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At only 15 years old, artist and fashion designer Isabella Rose Taylor has a lot to be proud of. The teenage mastermind grew up sewing, painting and designing at a very young age – while also managing to graduate high school at the ripe age of 11. Isabella soon became quite the businesswoman, as she was the youngest talent to ever present a clothing collection at New York Fashion Week – and to have her very own line sold at Nordstrom..
Fast forward to now, and Isabella is making her debut into home furnishing by launching a capsule collection for PBteen in April 2017. From bedding to decorative accessories, the 40-piece collection is everything your room decor dreams are made of. She even created wall art from her very own sketches – how cool is that?! TWIST caught up with the designer to hear all about her new collection, future goals and much more. She even spills her very best advice on how to turn your biggest dreams into reality Check out our exclusive Q&A below.
TWIST: What inspired you to start sewing, painting and designing at such a young age?
Isabella Rose Taylor: I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t painting or drawing, as like most kids, painting is something you do when you are a toddler. When I was eight, I remember wanting to learn how to sew, so I took a class, created a pattern and made an apron. When I reflect on my first piece, I subconsciously was already combining art with fashion!
TWIST: Seeing as you've accomplished so much at a young age, what are some other goals you're hoping to reach in the future?
IRT: I hope to continue to grow my brand and create fashion that girls feel empowered by and can wear to express themselves in.
TWIST: What are some ways kids and teens can get involved with design at a young age?
IRT: I would recommend practicing as much as possible. I started painting when I was very young, and I think that helps in developing a sense of aesthetic or style. From there, its a matter of applying that to your work, like a filter. It’s just a matter of making things because you love to create. At first you do it by yourself but after that you can begin looking for opportunities like summer camps and contests.
TWIST: What is your advice for kids and teens who'd like to update their room on budget?
IRT: Go with all white bedding, paint a tapestry to hang behind your bed, opposed to a headboard, and frame your own artwork!
TWIST: What's one accessory or item that you think quickly transforms the look of any room?
IRT: Adding decorative pillows to your bed can transform the focal point of your room and create a major pop.
TWIST: How old were you when you decided to turn your love for art into a career, and what were your initial challenges?
IRT: I was around eight when I became interested in fashion, but I was much younger when I knew that I wanted to do something artistic for a living. I started selling my paintings when I was about five, so the idea of making and selling my art for a living wasn’t new.
TWIST: Did you get any great advice along the way?
IRT: I’ve had a lot of mentors who have given great advice, but I think some of the best advice that I've received had to do with trusting my gut when it came to my creative intuition. That's advice that’s come in very handy a few times.