13-year-old fashion designer gets picked up by Nordstrom

When you talk to Isabella Rose Taylor about her designs, it's hard to remember she's only 13 years old.

"I think my clothes stay pretty young. It's not too mature," Taylor said.

She's had that confidence since she was 8 years old, reports CBS News correspondent Vanita Nair, around the same time she started sketching designs and creating dream boards.

"After I first made one, I really just loved seeing that on my wall every day, and it was just really motivating," Taylor said.

She said her first dream board "definitely" told her she wanted to be a designer.

Born in Austin, Texas, Taylor has always been drawn to art. Her parents enrolled her in a gifted school where they were told she qualified to be a member of Mensa, the high IQ society. Around the same time they sent her to her first sewing camp.

"I think my parents saw how committed I was when I tried to sew a collection that summer," Taylor said.

The first few professional dresses she made with her name on it proved to be popular.

"I did a trunk show at a couple boutiques and I sold out most of my stuff. So, I just put all of my things online and started selling online," she said.

Suddenly her designs, which were already being showcased in Austin, got a global following. Well-known designers like Charlotte Ronson began mentoring her and offers started rolling in.

At one point, she turned down a boutique's offer.

"It was a hard decision to make because it was a really prestigious boutique, but they actually wanted to place my line in the kids section, and that was just something I didn't feel comfortable doing because it's not just changing sizing, it's also changing the branding," Taylor said.

The branding toward kids her own age is exactly what attracted Nordstrom. They ordered 13 pieces from her collection to put in stores across the nation, making Taylor one of the youngest designers for a major retailer ever. She will also be featured at New York Fashion Week in September.


"I understand that I do have a lot of novelty, but eventually one of my goals is to not have it not all be about my novelty and have it be people appreciating my designs," Taylor said.

When asked what she tells other young people about her achievements, she offered some advice.

"I always talk about setting goals. Don't limit yourself, like, let your mind dream as big as it can. And ask for help because a lot of people will give you such great advice and wisdom. And I would not be where I am without that advice from all these people," she said.

Isabella says it's been a dream come true -- one she envisioned five years ago.