Langley designer takes centre stage at local fashion show

Thu, Oct 15, 2015

Langley, B.C. – When you start something new, you can’t be afraid to take chances. And what Taylor Byrom is starting is not only new, but life-changing for families around the world.

Earlier this year, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) graduate broke out on her own to break ground personally, professionally and fashionably with a line of clothing that accommodates the needs of young girls affected by complex care medical needs.

This weekend, the Langley resident will showcase her designs along with two other KPU Wilson School of Design alumni at the 15th annual West Coast Women’s Show, hosted at the Abbotsford Tradex Oct. 16-18.

“I wanted to design something with a purpose. I honed that idea while at KPU. My purpose here is to create fabulous, fun clothes for girls who just want to be young girls, despite the complex medical struggles they face,” said Byrom.

From Langley to London, families around the world have shown interest in Byrom’s line, jolie hart. Her fall launch collection features garments that accommodate wheelchair dependency, sensory processing disorders and feeding tubes.

“At the Wilson School of Design, we encourage and support our students and graduates to pursue opportunities that affect positive change through such avenues as sustainability, ethical business practices and solving problems through apparel solutions. Taylor’s collection concepts represent many of the these shared core values and we are proud to have her as an ambassador of our program,” said KPU’s fashion design and technology program coordinator, Andhra Goundrey.

Byrom’s life-changing designs can be seen on the West Coast Women's Show main stage, sponsored by Guildford Town Centre, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 17 at 6:00 p.m. and Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. 

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