My Style: Fashion designer Zayden Skipper

The 32-year-old is working on building a global fashion brand here in Atlanta

Zayden Skipper
Skipper is wearing his own brand, Zayden, with shoes by Maison Margiela.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Chicago native Zayden Skipper made his way south to become a fourth-generation graduate of Alcorn State University, an HBCU in Mississippi. He journeyed to SCAD Atlanta to earn his master’s in fashion design. Now on the world stage as a Project Runway contestant, he’s set on building a global fashion brand here in Atlanta.

Neighborhood: Buckhead

Generational genius:
I grew up watching my grandmother, mom, and aunts make clothes for myself and my sister. I have always been deeply inspired by my South Side Chicago upbringing with many strong Black women.

On being a minority, in the South, in fashion: Studying in the South, I gained an education on what it means to be a Black man in America. As a designer, I am often put in a box, as if the only thing I can do is streetwear. I am versatile, however. Fashion, for me, is an escape, a way to be a chameleon and a voice for the ones that aren’t spoken for.

Style statement: A cohesive look must be balanced, make sense, and flow aesthetically.

Hometown A-list: Keisha Lance Bottoms, Tanya Sam, Lori Harvey, Tierra Whack

New Year, new . . . Zayden Skipper brand! I am ready to elevate and run with heavy hitters like Jerry Lorenzo and Virgil Abloh.

Zayden SkipperFashion should feel . . . Embracive

Muses: Rihanna, Beyoncé, Michelle Obama, the Cool Kids

Most surprising revelation during trying times: How resilient I am, and God works in mysterious ways

What does it mean to wear Zayden Skipper? You are confident, empowered, bold, interesting, and unique. You are the star in a room full of darkness.

Dream collab: Christian Dior