Noted Flint fashion designer Tyrone Kirkland dies at 56

Flint, Michigan — The Flint man who made a name for himself in the fashion industry and received widespread attention has died at the age of 56.

According to his obituary, Tyrone Kirkland died on December 31st.

In 1988, at the age of 21, Kirkland was responsible for producing gowns for the Ebony Fashion Fair. According to his MLive article in 2004, his designs have appeared on the runway alongside creations by Bill Blass, Christian Dior and Gianni Versace.

He later became known for his flint fashion shop TKO Designs.

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He was well known for designing fashions and making dresses for high school prom-goers and brides.

“His signature business, TKO Designs, has become a staple in the fashion industry as his unique and one-of-a-kind designs have been seen on supermodels, celebrities, TV commercials, runways, magazines and newspapers across the state. It made waves locally, nationally and internationally.” According to his obituary. “Once I got the TKO design, I got attention in any room I walked into. His slogan was:For the best unique, custom-tailored designs, call… Tyrone!”

A funeral service is scheduled for January 7 at 11:00 am at Hand of God Ministries, 3408 Miller Road, Flint.

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