He knew he wanted to make a big statement at prom, but no one expected him to cause such a stir online. Indeed, he and his date stepped out looking incredible – and it was the start of something big.
Jimelle Levon is an 18-year-old with an awesome story. In fact, the youngster has made quite a name for himself – and his success wasn’t handed to him on a plate by any means.
In fact, Levon’s childhood wasn’t exactly plain sailing. He didn’t have a very settled upbringing at all. Indeed, he and his mom sometimes didn’t even have a proper home of their own when he was growing up.
“Me and my mother lived in a shelter before when I was in fifth grade,” he subsequently told NBC4i. Yet despite his difficult childhood, Levon certainly had no intention of giving up on his big dreams.
Still, he and his mom continued to move from shelter to shelter. Moreover, at one point, when he was aged just ten, Levon was completely homeless. However, as he grew older he didn’t let his creative side be held back by his past.
He subsequently progressed to high school in Columbus, and that’s where he was able to truly set his creativity free. Levon had a passion for fashion, and at the tender age of 14, he learned how to sew.
Alongside his studies, Levon also spent plenty of time in his bedroom working on his designs. Indeed, it was in his “Sewing Lab” that Levon built up the skills needed to become a legitimate fashion designer. Moreover, in his final year of high school, he finally gained the recognition that he’d been striving for.
It all started with a big idea. The end-of-school prom was coming up, and Levon wanted to make a big impression. Now, he had a date, so to Levon the all-important issue was what she was going to wear.
Well, this is when Levon had the great idea of custom designing her a dress. Moreover, his inspiration came from the famous 1988 movie Coming to America – and the dress he created was truly show-stopping.
Furthermore, not only did he design a stunning dress reminiscent of Vanessa Bell Calloway’s outfit in the film, but he also hand-sewed the entire thing. It even came complete with gold-leaf embellishments.
Of course, Levon was dressed in a matching outfit. In fact, the young designer had even put gold leaves on his smart blazer, too. His impressive efforts subsequently went viral, with the stunning gold dress proving an instant hit online.
Levon told Fox 5 News that this was exactly what he had hoped for. “I planned out what I wanted to do at prom and I said if I execute it right, like the movie, it would be a viral sensation,” he said.
Well, he wasn’t wrong. Since that gold dress went viral, his fashion designing career has gone from strength to strength. Indeed, he has been accepting orders for custom prom dresses ever since – as many as four every week, according to NBC4i.
Business has been going so well, in fact, that he has even had to turn people down because he’s too overloaded with requests. Moreover, NBC4i reports that each one sells for between $300 and $450.
It’s unsurprising, then, that Levon has quit his other jobs in order to focus on dress making. His Instagram account, which showcases his latest designs, now has more than 33,000 followers. What’s more, the young fashion designer hasn’t stopped at prom dresses.
Indeed, he’s even branched out into the sportswear world. Levon launched a sports line called KoldKut, which he now runs alongside his prom dress line, Jimelle Levon. There seems to be no stopping this ambitious young entrepreneur.
Furthermore, he has now graduated from high school and studies fashion and business at Clark Atlanta University. Regardless of his unconventional upbringing, which might otherwise have hindered him, Levon’s thirst for success continues.
Indeed, he told NBC4i that his strong work ethic may well have come from the days of hardship. “I was always a hard worker, either shoveling the snow or anything to gain money because I didn’t want to be in the predicament anymore,” he said.
Moreover, he has continued to work hard ever since, making a real name for himself in the fashion world. He told Fox 5 Atlanta that he hopes to persuade a local celebrity to wear one of his dresses in his continuing quest for more publicity.
Although Levon is still a very young designer, he’s already well on his way to becoming a big name in the fashion world. His story just goes to show that anything is possible if you apply yourself, no matter what your background.