Hometown: Norman, OK
Education: Fashion Institue of Technology
Kayne Gillaspie was born March 14, 1979 in Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up in a large family with five sisters and two brothers, Kayne &emdash; as everyone knows him &emdash; realized at a young age the importance of standing out.
Starting his education with a full scholarship to Volunteer State College, Kayne's career aspirations began in pre-veterinarian medicine. While working at a vet clinic for four and a half years, he also took a design job as a sketch artist at a local pageant boutique in Tennessee. Kayne quickly became enamored with fashion, changed his major and transferred to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
In 2002, Kayne won the Critics Choice Award for evening wear and graduated magna cum laude. He moved back to Nashville after graduation and opened Kayne's Clothing Boutique. This afforded him the opportunity to create custom ballroom dance costumes, eveningwear, and wardrobe for the country music industry.
In 2003, Kayne met his partner Warren and bought Southern Charm, an established formal wear and pageant store in Norman, Oklahoma. Within three years, Kayne's success in the pageant industry soared. In December of 2005, he dressed the entire top five teens and the winner and first runner up in the Miss Oklahoma U.S.A. pageant.
He cites Bob Mackie and Roberto Cavalli as major influences on his work. His gowns encompass originality, attention to detail and a young femininity with an edge.
Q & A
Question: Astrology Sign
Question: How would you describe your personal style?
Kayne: Very comfortable, savvy, different and bright. Jeans, cool shirt, cool accessories/shoes. I love color!
Question: When did you first start to design clothes?
Kayne: I grew up in a very large family – 5 sisters, 2 brothers and my first job was when I was 15. And 2 of my sisters did pageants and I started helping them with wardrobe and the guy who owned the pageant dress place was looking for a sketch artist for
Question: Do you have any formal design training?
Kayne: I changed my major to fashion design and I took one semester at O’More College of Design in Franklin, Tennessee. They had a special offer for the senior final project to go to NY to tour the garment district and make connections but I figured –
Question: If you win, what are you planning to do with the money?
Kayne: Start my own ridiculously successful clothing line of hot, sexy, feminine, colorful, cocktail & evening gowns. It’s been so inspiring being here and seeing what other people are doing and how quickly they’re doing it. I’m the second to y
Question: What are some of your key fashion DO’s and DON’T’s?
Kayne: DON’T wear black socks with shorts. DON’T wear sandals with socks. DO be comfortable, coordinated and do not be afraid to try bold colors.
Question: Who do you think are the best-dressed celebrities? Worst-dressed? Why?
Kayne: Best – Julia Roberts, Halle Berry and Charlize Theron. I want to do Oscar dresses like Narciso Rodriguez or Yves Saint Laurent Worst – Diane Keaton. She’s one of my favorite actresses and I like what she wears within movies but whenever
Question: Who do you think were the best fashion icons in past decades?
Kayne: Madonna and Linda Evangelista because they always stay current on edgy fashion and set trends while looking fabulous.
Question: Do you have a favorite clothing decade?
Kayne: Clothing decade – 50s because the glamour came back. The new Dior and big skirts. After war stipends were gone. You could use lots of fabric.
Question: What celebrities would you like to dress? Why?
Kayne: I want to do Oscar dresses like Narciso Rodriguez or Yves Saint Laurent. Madonna, Mariah Carey, Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron & Dolly Parton. Dolly because she’s my favorite person in the world and all the others because they always look amazing.
Question: Where do you find the best items? Mall? Boutique? Thrift store? Sample sale? Where else?
Kayne: If you have the money, buy fewer, nicer pieces. You need to take care of them so they will last longer and you’re going to wear them more sparingly. You’ll build your wardrobe so you’ll have staples you can mix and match. I love shopp
Question: What's the biggest mistake people make when shopping?
Kayne: They don’t try it on. You MUST try it on. They don't buy the right size.