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Who is Zayden Skipper? The award-winning ‘Project Runway’ designer was once homeless

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Zayden went from being homeless to the only black man who graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in his class

Behind every successful man there is a strong woman; in the case of designer Zayden Skipper, it is not a woman, but a tribe of women who stands by him. The 32-year-old is ready to make his big debut on Bravo’s hit “Project Runway” season 19. The show features 16 budding designers from the United States and abroad, all ready to prove they have what it takes to showcase their collection at New York Fashion Week and be the next big name in fashion . Each 90-minute episode tests the creativity and technique of the participants with challenges ranging from creating a “haunting” chic look to an unconventional cocktail dress!

Season 19 of “Project Runway” includes Elle Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief – Nina Garcia, Elaine Welteroth, former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief and co-host of “The Talk”, as well as star designers Brandon Maxwell and Christian Siriano the hats of judges and judges, respectively. Put on mentors. While we eagerly await the show’s premiere, let’s take a closer look at Zayden and his growing popularity in the fashion industry.


Who is Zayden Skipper?

Zayden is originally from Mississippi itself. After watching his mother and grandmother sew beautiful clothes for his sisters and himself, Zayden was inspired to try himself at sewing.

Soon he began designing clothes for himself and his high school marching band. In an interview with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) newsletter, he revealed, “I used to design and make the uniforms for my high school’s marching band drill team for performances and competitions, in addition to their dance instructor.” After completing his Bachelor of Science in Business from Alcorn State and working in the corporate world, Zayden decided to move to Atlanta to do his Masters in Fashion.

Zayden was not having an easy time of it. He went from being homeless to the only black man to graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA, the highest degree in fashion with honors, in his class. His current collection is called Avant Oppidan: The Misrepresentation of Black Designers in the Fashion Industry, which describes the history and struggles of blacks and the lack of talented black fashion designers in America.

Zayden also developed his very own fashion genre called “Urban Avant-Garde Streetwear” which includes “The Culture”. Although he’s only been in the business for a year, Zayden has done some amazing feats such as: His designs have been featured in Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, France and Hong Kong. In 2020 he worked with very celebrity clients such as Tanya Sams, Tierra Wack, Paula Wallace and Lori Harvey. His proudest moment is designing an outfit for Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta.

The extremely talented designer announced on his Instagram that he would be participating in the “Project Runway”. He wrote: “This has been an interesting journey for me. I bared my soul and represented my culture. Now come and follow me on this journey #projectrunwaybravo #bravo #designer #zaydenthedesigner #blackdesigners #vogue #cfda.” We can’t wait to see his journey on the show and learn more about him.

‘Project Runway’ Season 19 premieres on Thursday, October 14 at 9 p.m. ET / PT.

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