Fashion genius! 12-year-old Mensa member and tween clothing designer lands major deal with Nordstrom
PUBLISHED: 14:06 EST, 27 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:44 EST, 27 February 2014
A self-taught fashion designer and Mensa member is celebrating scoring a major deal with Nordstrom at the age of 12.
Isabella Rose Taylor from Austin, Texas, who is a college freshman as a result of her high IQ, founded her namesake clothing label three years ago and currently sells pieces online.
But this fall the tween’s ‘hippie-grunge yet feminine’ girl’s apparel line is set to launch at select Nordstrom retail stores and on nordstrom.com, with prices ranging from $20 to $100.
Non-stop smiles: Isabella Rose Taylor, a 12-year-old self-taught fashion designer is celebrating after scoring a nationwide deal with the retail giant Nordstrom – here she is seen self-modeling designs on her website
Jennifer Jackson, the merchandising manager for children’s clothing at Nordstrom, told WWD that Isabella has the ‘unique ability to create fun, stylish clothes that really represent her customer, who are also her peers.’
Indeed, the Texan’s spring collection currently consists of fashion-forward crochet pants, kimono jackets, jumpsuits, crop tops and skate dresses.
T-shirts are emblazoned with age-appropriate catchphrases including ‘Adorbs’, ‘Loves’ and ‘Blood, Sweat, & Glitter.’ On her website, Isabella appears self-modeling all of her creations.
The brunette plans to have around 15 different pieces of girlswear stocked at Nordstrom although the finer details are still being discussed.
She acknowledges that she hasn’t got to where she is without a little help, of course.
Hippie-grunge yet feminine: The Texan’s spring collection currently consists of fashion-forward crochet pants, kimono jackets, jumpsuits, crop tops and skate dresses
Helping hand: Like several other young fashion prodigies, including style blogger Tavi Gevinson and fashion designer Kira Plastinina, Isabella has generous parents investing in her career
Like several other young fashion prodigies, including style blogger Tavi Gevinson and fashion designer Kira Plastinina, Isabella has generous parents investing in her career.
Praising her parents’ support, she said they have put a lot into getting her brand off the ground, although she didn’t know exactly how much they have shelled out.
Isabella does intend on paying them back one day, but for now profits from the Isabella Rose Taylor brand go back into the business.
Isabella’s talents aren’t just limited to fashion and she boasts a CV someone twice her age would wish for.
She is also a poet, writer, skilled painter and a freshman in college at an age when most girls her age are in junior high school.
She concludes: ‘Most people think I’m older. I don’t really tell them I’m not unless they ask, and then they are really surprised.’