As you know in fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day, you’re out. And 17-year-old Northwood High School senior Cody Jones is just getting started.

His first love was drama, and a creative person at heart, he turned from acting to working behind the scenes while in school.

“I watched every episode of Face Off and did the prosthetics for our high school production of Phantom of the Opera. I made my own fake blood,” he said. “Then I started watching more YouTube videos, like PinkStylist and Jeffree Star. I thought, ‘this is going to be my life. I want to do makeup.’”

That was when Cody was in the seventh grade. Flash forward to his senior year and he’s creating clothing at the Caddo Career & Technology Center. He has taken his love of theater, film, makeup and design, and wrapped it into one.

“Music helped push my art style, and I fall under the gothic and alternative scene,” he said. “I just fell in love with the style and the love and devotion that goes into it.”

Cody wants to create clothing that matches his personal aesthetic, and dressed all in black with a Suicide Squad belt buckle, it’s easy to see his designs are not the cookie-cutter norm. “I am all about Integrating my own style. I didn’t want to do what everyone was doing,” he said. “I introduced rock and roll into my looks, pants and shirts and vest. It’s awesome.”

Cody is a football player turned fashion designer, something even he didn’t see coming. But after being relieved from the team due to an injury (and having a form of muscular dystrophy), he said he turned to music to help with his depression. It was there he really started to find himself.

“Being in the ‘Bible Belt,’ a lot of guys who do fashion and makeup, that’s not really a thing,” he said. “It’s not like people were saying ‘that kid does fashion, let’s all praise him.’ It’s a bit different in the south.”

He’s discovering that’s far from true and has really pushed himself to take his craft seriously. He is currently exploring the realm of graphic arts and design, hoping to use that within his fashion. His plans following high school include attending the Art Institute of San Antonio in Texas.