Tyrone Kirkland Obituary, Death – Tyrone Kirkland, a pioneering native of Flint and fashion designer who played a key role in high school proms, bridal and wedding events, and the movement toward elegant attire in the Midwest, made his transition to the eternal on December 31, 2022, at the age of 56. Tyrone Kirkland was a pioneering fashion designer who played a key role in high school proms, bridal and wedding events, and the movement toward elegant attire in the Midwest.
His signature company, T.K.O. Designs, was responsible for creating waves in the local, national, and international fashion industries. His one-of-a-kind and distinctive designs were frequently seen being worn by supermodels and celebrities and appearing in television commercials, on runways, in magazines, and in newspapers across the country. When you walked into a room wearing a TKO design, you immediately became the focal point of attention. His motto was, “Just contact Tyrone if you want the greatest in one-of-a-kind and custom-tailored designs!” and that was his phone number.
Even Johnson & Johnson’s Ebony Fashion Fair took notice of his inventiveness and purchased some of his outfits to include in their internationally touring fashion showcase. Tyrone has stated time and time again that he owes his love of fashion to celebrities like as Diana Ross, Joan Crawford, Gladys Knight, and Aretha Franklin. However, he considers his mother Barbara Kirkland to be his biggest superstar. Tyrone pursued a career in fashion design and got certifications in the field from the Institute of Merchandising and Design Fashion Illustration and Textiles in 1988. Additionally, he attended Paragon Vocational Nursing School after graduating from Flint Northwestern High School in 1985.
His desire for assisting others, particularly those who were in need of medical care, was inspired by his love of designing fashionable clothes. Over the course of his more than 15 years of service in the direct care health services industry, he had a variety of positions while working at regional hospitals and nursing facilities in the states of Wisconsin and Michigan. Tyrone put his knowledge to good use by becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant in the state of Michigan, a Certified First Aid Specialist, and a Certified CPR specialist. He did this so that he could help others achieve their goals.