Fashion designer Kayne to appear at Joann’s
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:00 pm
Johnathan Kayne, star designer from Project Runway All Stars, will be at Joann’s in downtown Union City Saturday and Sunday to sign autographs and meet with the public. He will also be available for personal one-on-one prom fittings from his collection.
Joann’s will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Those wishing to book an appointment with Kayne should call Joann’s to reserve one of a limited number of slots for these special fittings.
Born Johnathan “Kayne” Gillaspie on March 14, 1979, in Nashville, Kayne began his higher education at Volunteer State College with a full academic scholarship, majoring in veterinary medicine. During that time, he took a job as a sketch artist at a local evening wear boutique in Nashville and became enamored with fashion. He transferred to The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, graduating magna cum laude in 2002. He won the acclaimed Critic’s Choice Award for Evening Wear.
Following graduation, he opened Kayne’s Clothing Boutique, which afforded him the opportunity to create custom ballroom dance costumes, evening wear and wardrobes for the country music industry. In 2003, he moved his custom design business to Norman, Okla., and became a partner in an established pageant and formal wear boutique.
In 2006, Kayne was chosen as one of 15 designers to compete on the hit Bravo TV Show Project Runway Season 3. He quickly became an audience favorite and won the “Fit for a Queen” challenge, where Miss USA Tara Connor chose his design to wear as her evening gown at the 2007 Miss Universe Pageant. Miss Connor placed fourth runner up to Miss Universe. Kayne went on to place in the Top 5 on Project Runway Season 3.
Kayne launched the Johnathan Kayne dress line in 2007, as well as the award winning Johnathan Kayne shoe line produced by Benjamin Walk Corp. in Somersworth, N.H. He starred in the TLC special “Gown Crazy” in 2009 and has been seen on E!, ABC, NBC, Bravo and The Style Network. Last year, he launched the Johnathan Kayne for Empire Intimates line of fashion corsets and lingerie. He also moved his home and entire business operation from Oklahoma City back to his hometown of Nashville. Most recently, Kayne was asked to return to star in the hit TV show Project Runway All Stars Season 2, which airs on Lifetime.
The Johnathan Kayne brand of shoes, dresses and lingerie can be found in over 3,000 stores in more than 40 countries.
Joann’s is the official wardrobe sponsor for the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant, along with the Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen and Teen Princess Pageants. The store is also the wardrobe sponsor of the Mrs. Tennessee and Mrs. Mississippi America Pageants, the Miss Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi USA Pageant; and the Miss Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi Teen USA Pageants.
Published in The Messenger 1.30.13