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New Hartford native making it big in the fashion world

New Hartford native, David Zyla, is an Emmy Award-winning costume designer and best-selling author.

Posted: Dec 23, 2019 6:34 PM
Updated: Dec 24, 2019 10:13 AM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- New Hartford native, David Zyla, is an Emmy Award-winning costume designer and best-selling author.

At a young age, Zyla had a passion for fashion.

"When I was five years old, my parents were getting ready for a party and I remember saying to my mother, 'wear this necklace, not that one' and I did the same thing with my dad on a necktie," Zyla said.

When he was about six years old, Zyla started taking art classes at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.

"I always had this idea of what illuminated each individual in terms of their clothing," Zyla said.

David has been the head costume designer for several television shows including ABC's "All My Children," which won him a 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design Emmy Award. He also worked on the soap opera "General Hospital," as well as Lifetime's "Devious Maids."

Currently, he is the head costume designer for CBS's "The Young and the Restless."

"I was made the offer to join 'The Young and the Restless' at CBS and I was beyond honored and its been an incredible time since," Zyla said.

In 2010 Zyla revealed the "secret formula" behind his success as a designer with the publication of his best-selling book "The Color of Style" and the subsequent paperback "Color Your Style." In 2015 he followed this up with the reveal of his stylist shopping secrets in "How to Win at Shopping."

After his nearly 30 year career, his love and passion for costume design has never faded.

"What drives me is this whole idea of illuminating people and making them look like the best version of themselves, whether I'm doing it on television or for my readers," Zyla said. "That's kind of at my core, and I think that is my driving mechanism that keeps me wanting to do more and more and more."

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