From the halls of Lincolnton High School to the runways of Fall’s New York Fashion Week, Charles Elliott Harbison is making a name for himself in the world of women’s clothing design.
He was featured in the September issue of Vogue, followed by a separate interview and article this fall in Ebony Magazine.
“Charles was always a very ambitious young man,” his aunt Dana Linebarger, of Charlotte, said.
“His mom would always encourage him as a child that he could be the president if he wanted to be.”
Linebarger noted that upon graduation from Lincolnton High School, Harbison moved with his mother and brother, eight years younger, to Charlotte.
He later attended North Carolina State University and studied fine arts and textiles for a short time, according to Ebony.com.
Harbison opted instead to leave NCSU and pursue a career opportunity in Uzbekistan before enrolling in Parsons School of Design in New York.
Linebarger described “Charlie,” as she called him, as a “smart, young man” who always put a substantial amount of effort into his studies, kept his room and belongings organized and loved shopping and buying new clothes.
In addition to shopping, she noted the Lincolnton native also spent time during his early years sketching clothing designs and other artwork in a pad he kept with him at all times.
In September, Harbison featured his 2014 spring fashion line at the New York show alongside other legendary fashion icons — designers such as Michael Kors and Billy Reid, whose companies he worked for prior to branching out on his own, various fashion magazines have said.
To learn that her nephew finally achieved his dreams and is continuing to meet his potential in the “Big Apple” has in no way shocked Linebarger.
“It doesn’t surprise me…(he) ended up in New York doing it big,” she said.