The past year has been an amazing one for fashion designer, stylist, speaker and preacher, Jeanette Young, who won rave reviews for styling the Kingdom Choir for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. She is now the Choir’s resident stylist, and took time out of her busy schedule to speak to Keep The Faith about her work, faith and future.
KEEP THE FAITH (KTF): You have become the stylist to watch, ever since you styled the Kingdom Choir for the Royal Wedding. How did you get the gig?
Karen Gibson, Director of The Kingdom Choir, got me the gig. I am good friends with Karen; we used to attend the same church, and I have styled Karen for previous events, as well as the choir.
KTF: How did you feel about the world’s response to the Choir’s chic look?
I was quite amazed. I didn’t anticipate the reaction the styling of the Choir would stir, in a positive way. The Choir looked stunning, and what everyone loved was the individuality of the styling, whilst still keeping a cohesive look.
KTF: How has your professional life changed since styling the Choir?
My professional life has changed a lot, but in a good way. As you can imagine, styling thirty-four choir members is a huge task. I have had to drop a few things to accommodate this new season in my life right now.
KTF: What have you enjoyed the most, since becoming the official stylist for the Choir?
Being amongst loving, warm, funny, caring people who love God. What more could you ask for? It makes hard work enjoyable. The fame and the flashing lights mean nothing without that!
KTF: You also have your own fashion label. How did that come about?
I have always had a passion for fashion and design. Having worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years, I thought to myself that it’s now time to step out in faith and launch my own line, called Jeanette Young London, which is a womenswear online boutique. Jeanette Young London was launched in Feb 2017.
KTF: Few people know that you also present clothing/styling workshops in churches. The church had always had an uneasy relationship with fashion, so how do you navigate those two worlds?
I don’t see fashion and the church as two worlds. I love fashion and I love God; the two are one. God has given me this gift because He is interested in all areas of our life, and that includes looking good too. This is why I teach on ‘How to dress your body shape’ and many more topics. We are God’s ambassadors, and we must represent Him in the best way possible. However, what has been an ongoing issue is knowing how to dress appropriately for church or for an occasion.
KTF: What was your childhood like? Who were your parents? Where did you live, and what role did faith play in your life whilst growing up?
I grew up in a one-parent family; I didn’t know my father that well! I met him in my teens, and then he suddenly passed away. My mum loved fashion, and my grandmother was a seamstress, so I think that’s where my flair of fashion came from. I grew up mainly in south London, with my mum and my two younger brothers. My grandmother was a Christian; she was the one who took me to church when I was younger, which I very much enjoyed – especially those coach trips to Southend!
KTF: When did you become a Christian, and how has a relationship with God impacted your life?
Oh wow! I became a Christian in 1996. The road hasn’t always been easy, but God has kept me and continues to keep me. I love the fact that you state ‘relationship’, because that’s exactly what we have. I couldn’t do life without Him. The songwriter wrote: ‘Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.’
KTF: How will you be spending the Christmas season?
This year has been soooo busy. I am really looking forward to spending this time with close family and friends.
KTF: What are your plans, as far as your business is concerned, for 2019?
We are planning on having a fashion show in New York, as a lot of my client base is American.
I want to focus on growing my team, as the business is expanding, and I want to be able to embrace every good opportunity that comes our way. And much more, which will be revealed in good time!
KTF: What brief message of hope would you like to leave with readers of Keep The Faith?
I never imagined that I would attend a Royal Wedding, but my gift made room for me. Never underestimate the gift that God has put inside of you; it will take you places your mind couldn’t even imagine. ‘Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us’ (Ephesians 2:20). ‘For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them’ (Ephesians 2:10).
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