Johnathan "Kayne" Gillaspie was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up in Music City, he became enamored with fashion by watching his favorite country music legends Dolly and Reba perform and walk the red carpet. Kayne began cultivating his creative design eye by helping two of his five sisters prepare their wardrobe for national pageants.
He began his fashion career working as a sketch artist and buyer at a local evening wear boutique in 1998. This experience afforded him the opportunity to travel the country and work with some of the top designers in the evening wear industry. In 2000, he was accepted to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC where he gained an extensive knowledge of design, draping, illustration, pattern making, and sewing. Kayne graduated magna cum laude and won the acclaimed "Critics Choice Award "for evening wear.
Upon returning to Nashville after graduation in 2002, he opened Kayne's Clothing boutique where he created custom designs for pageant clients, dancers, and country music artists. A year later he moved his custom design business to Norman, Oklahoma and bought an established formal wear boutique. He quickly gained a following of devoted pageant clients which put his custom designs under the spotlight and in front of judges. This strengthened his focus on the fit, silhouette, flow, and movement of his designs.
A successful fashion designer and business owner, Kayne was selected to compete on Project Runway Season 3 in 2006, where he placed in the Top 5 designers. This experience, his charming personality, and eye for glamorous style catapulted Kayne to his own celebrity status. He launched the Johnathan Kayne dress line and award winning shoe line produced by Benjamin Walk Corporation in 2007. Kayne starred on the TLC special gown crazy in 2009, and has also appeared on E!, ABC, NBC, Bravo, and The Style Network. In 2012, he competed on the second season of Project Runway All Stars on Lifetime television where he developed a friendship with designer Joshua McKinley. This spawned a collaboration collection Johnathan Kayne by Joshua McKinley marking the first time in history that two Project Runway alum have collaborated on a collection.
Also in 2012, Kayne moved his home and business back to Nashville, TN with a focused plan to be the Red Carpet Designer of the South. Kayne serves as a fashion expert for Country Weekly, Zuus Country, and NStyle country. Dubbed as a "genius designer" by Heidi Klum and "a designer who knows how to make clothes and fit a woman's body" by Michael Kors, his designs have appeared on the world's biggest stars and most prestigious red carpets. His celebrity clients now include Jennifer Lopez, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kelly Pickler, Tanya Tucker, Lee Brice, and Rascal Flatts.