DR. QUINTON de’ ALEXANDER (Chief Tamba Taylor)
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” -Helen Keller
No better quote expresses the philosophy of the exciting and avant-garde designer Quinton de’Alexander. Living in New Orleans, an area rich with diversity and culture, Quinton’s curiosity about the clothes and how they were structured was recognized by him and supported by his family at an early age. At eight years old, he saw a sewing machine at a local garage sale and asked if he could have it. Thank goodness for the world of fashion and for those of us who benefit from that world, that young de’ Alexander was not denied.
“When you dream BIG and Dream In Color nothing can stop you from reaching the un-reachable star” says multi-award winning self taught ‘Designer, Playwright and Executive Producer’, Dr. Quinton de’ Alexander. A designer with ’50’ fifty plus years of experience, Quinton is known best for what are called “Drama Dresses“. Custom handmade gowns, created by himself designed to turn heads the minute your entrance is made. Life has been like a dream for this talented designer since his first fashion presentation. Most recently, having his life’s journey showcased through a four month exhibit entitled “BLUEPRINT” at the DuSable Museum of African American History.
As well as being a featured in the newly released book “BLACK LUXE” 110 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN ICONS featured with legendary leaders such as President Obama, Muhammad Ali, Louis Farrakhan & Jesse Jackson Jr. Based in Chicago, Illinois, Quinton is Founder /President of CHEZ de’ ALEXANDER.
Creating designs for an impressive range of clientele-from celebrities to small non-profits organizations. Earning various accolades. Such a featured designer for ‘Ebony Fashion Fair’ International Traveling Tour, Designer of The Year of his costume designs of “SONGDIVA” musical & Lakeside Community ‘Humanitarian of The Year’ to name a few.
He is a strong believer in giving back to the community and doing so throughout his career. Giving freely of his time to organizations such as ‘La Rabida Children’s Hospital, The Chicago Academy For The Arts, Feed The Children & Seniors Lifestyle Corporation. In 2012, Quinton founder Project “We Live and Remember In Color” whose mission is to unify the awareness colors of health and humanity in one ribbon. Wanting to bring the awareness to unseen survivors making a difference in the community from various life’s challenges, Quinton created “We Dream In Color” Humanitarian Celebration.
A red carpet event celebrating the life of survivors and memories of loved ones lost. In eight years, “We Dream In Color” Humanitarian Celebration has become one of Chicago’s not to miss events. Funds raised for the celebration is utilized in feeding those less fortunate through ‘We Dream In Color Foundation Inc.‘ monthly feeding program and providing ‘new clothes, books and toys’ during the Christmas Holiday Season.
For his generosity and dedication to giving back to the community, Quinton was very honored in the year of 1999 to have November 6th declared Quinton de’ Alexander Day in Illinois by the Honorable Mayor Richard M. Daley and receiving in 2019 Proclamation from the Honorable Mayor Lori Lightfoot for his vision of ‘We Dream In Color‘ Humanitarian Celebration. The plans are limitless for Dr. de’ Alexander. In 2019, Quinton launched the ‘BLUEPRINT’ Exhibit Tour and design program for “At Risk Youth‘ both in the fall of 2020. In December of 2020, Quinton took his ‘We Dream In Color’ Humanitarian Celebration ‘International‘.
Presenting ‘We Dream In Color Foundation Incorporated ‘Nelson Mandela Freedom Award‘ to Liberian Native ( Bill M. Rogers ) at The Historical Landmark ‘Providence Island‘. To his surprised, Quinton was blessed and honored to receive Chieftaincy, Chief Tamba Taylor. In January ‘2021’ wasting no time, Chief Dr. Quinton Tamba Taylor de’ Alexander has adopted ‘Belenie Christian Foundation School System‘ . Providing ‘Book Bags, Computers, Schools Supplies and Masks’ to empower the students of Monrovia, Liberia. An ‘8’ year young self taught designer who wasn’t afraid to dream BIG and DREAM IN COLOR!