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Austin teen sensation named one of the most creative people in business

Austin teen sensation is one of the most creative people in business

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Isabella Rose Taylor at New York Fashion Week. Photo by Greg Cestaro/Fashionably Austin

Isabella Rose Taylor is no stranger to the spotlight. The 14-year-old Austin-based fashion designer debuted a collection at New York Fashion Week last fall, and now she's one of Fast Company's most creative people in business this year

At No. 77 on the list, Taylor is celebrated "for putting the 'teen' in teen fashion." "Taylor’s designs are edgy enough to appeal to teens, yet modest enough to appease their teachers," says Fast Company.

Her collection of edgy yet modest looks features baby doll dresses in mini and maxi styles, rompers, graphic T-shirts, tennis skirts and crochet sweaters in a color palette of black, gray, blue and pink. Taylor designs for the "Isabella girl," she said during fashion week: "Tough but sweet and would never wear just one style." Her collection can be purchased at Nordstrom

If running a fashion company as a teenager sounds tough, Taylor handles it with grace. "It’s obviously a challenge, but I really don’t see that as different from the same challenge all my friends face," she says. 

She joins influentials like Amy Poehler, Barbara Bush, and El-P and Killer Mike (Run the Jewels). But who inspires the young designer? "I’m really inspired by artists. Some of my favorites are Willem de Kooning and Cy Twombly."

Check out all of Fast Company's selections here