At the age of 13 Theodore Elyett catapulted onto the Bahamian fashion scene. He designed two winning garments for the 1998 Miss Bahamas National Costume Competition. Fast forward fifteen years later – at the age of 28, he became a household name within the Caribbean fashion circuit after conquering fourteen other regional designers in the popular reality-tv design competition Mission Catwalk Season 3. Elyett dominated the competition out of the gate, winning the first design challenge and winning the hearts of viewers as the fan favourite for seven consecutive weeks. At the age of 29, Elyett took his design aesthetic across the pond to London Fashion Week. He showed his acclaimed Orchidnized Chaos collection to a packed house where he “stole the show like it was a breeze,” according to show attendee and Mission Catwalk Executive Producer Keneea Linton-George.
In less than two decades, Theodore Elyett has become renowned as the nation’s premier fashion designer and a trailblazer in the regional fashion circuit. While his designs have garnered attention from fashionistas within the region, fashion aficionados around the world have also taken notice. Elyett was honored in June 2014, in recognition of Caribbean American Heritage Month in the United States, with the Caribbean Style & Culture Award of Excellence in Fashion Innovation in Washington, DC. He was also selected as a Fine Arts nominee for the 2014 Bahamian ICON Awards.
Elyett’s passion is palpable and it has earned him the respect and admiration of fashion editors around the world. His designs have been featured on more than one dozen magazine covers and spreads including the Welcome Bahamas magazine distributed throughout The Bahamas and Bahamasair’s in-flight magazine Up and Away. He has been featured on countless blogs including Vogue Italia’s The Black Blog and the Essence Magazine Blog. He has won more than two dozen awards and honours. He has dressed local and international fashion icons including First Lady Bernadette Christie and Pop Culture and Fashion Journalist Geneva Thomas, star of Bravo’s hit reality series Blood, Sweat & Heels.
Through literal blood, sweat and tears Elyett is systematically making his dreams a reality. A 2013 ‘40 Under Forty’ award recipient, Elyett recently joined the company of iconic Bahamians, including former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Governor General of The Bahamas Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, when he was photographed for the second installment of The Bahamian Project.
Despite his many industry recognitions, Elyett credits his greatest achievements to date to the lives he has impacted as a Hands for Hunger volunteer and the burgeoning creative minds he has inspired, simply by having the courage to follow his dreams.
The 31 year-old fashion designer knows first-hand that pursuing a career in fashion design in a nation with a fledgling fashion industry takes courage and at times can prove taxing both psychologically and financially. He is committed to doing his part to elevate the local fashion industry and to further carve a path for aspiring Bahamian designers as was done by the talented Bahamian artists who came before him.