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Designer Bio: Ebony Taylor

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

August 31, 2015

Current Student (4th quarter), Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City.
“I want my collection to be sophisticated with a hint of [being flirty], perhaps enticing the imagination.”

Ebony Taylor is currently balancing her studies with a career in the military—a challenging task but one that she’s conquering through a strong support system. She describes herself as a self-taught designer who came to The Art Institute of New York City to develop her inherent talents and visual identity.

Ebony grew up in Columbus, Georgia, and was always fascinated by fashion. But before she decided to pursue that passion, she joined the military and served for seven years in San Diego. During this time, her interest in swimwear and resortwear was piqued.  “There was something about San Diego that just made me fall in love with the water,” she says.

Her collection for New York Fashion Week, “End Game,” was inspired by a dream she had about a loved one who’d passed away. “The dream involved a game of chess, with the pieces moving on a chessboard the way people move through life. The collection features the classic black and white color palette, and the fabric choices are all about movement.”

Ebony looks to inspiration from designers Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera, and Elie Saab. She also frequents Stylesight.com, TheFashionList.com and FashionBombDaily.com. 

Ebony says that her military background helped her to remain structured while working on the collection. And she adds that her education helped to fine-tune the process involved in staying on-track and on-time with projects. “[In my] Draping class, I realized how much fabric I was wasting with incorrect technique. The Art Institute of New York City has definitely helped me become a better more creative designer.”

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