Save the Date: 'The Color of Style' Author Coming to GCC

David Zyla to Speak Wednesday, Sept. 17

Batavia, NY- Color can have a dramatic impact on mood and energy; it can transform one’s sense of self and the world. David Zyla helps people find the true colors that express their authentic selves. The costume designer, who won an Emmy Award for his work on ABC’s All My Children, also authored the best-selling book “The Color of Style.” Zyla brings his color know-how to Genesee Community College on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 1 p.m. in Room T102 of the Conable Technology Building on the GCC Batavia campus. Save the date for his 90-minute presentation that’s part of The Fall Fashion Speakers Series at GCC.

Zyla started out in fashion design, launching his own Seventh Avenue label at the age of 22. In 2001, ABC hired him to reinvigorate the visual quality of daytime television. He was head costume designer for General Hospital, Port Charles and All My Children. He has also designed for commercials and film as well as Broadway shows and regional theatre productions. He has worked with well-known personalities, including Susan Lucci, Carol Burnett, Tom Hanks and Hillary Clinton.

Zyla believes “every person has the right to feel empowered and look fantastic.” He helps people discover their individual palette of flattering colors found by looking at tones in the eyes, hair and skin. “By honoring and wearing these colors…we not only illuminate ourselves, but we build the confidence needed to attract love, enhance our power, restore our energy, make a lasting impression and show the world who we really are,” he writes on his website,

In a blog post, Zyla describes how an individual can find their romantic color, or personal version of red:
1.In natural light hold your hand over a white piece of paper, palm facing you. Curl your fingers so your palm is cupped.
2.Look carefully at the most flushed areas of your palm and notice the shade.
3.Now, pinch the fingerprint (non-nail side) of your index finger with the other hand. What’s the color of your flushed skin? This is your romantic shade of red which could be raspberry, brick, cherry, rust, crimson, shell pink, etc…

In today’s fast-paced world, people may feel they have little time to assess their best colors and personal style. But Zyla emphasizes its importance. “We are a visual society, and the first impression others have of you at a job interview, party or first date is purely visual,” Zyla blogs. He encourages people to “discover their authentic style and show the world who they really are.”

Don’t miss David Zyla at GCC on Wednesday September 17, 2014. There is no admission fee to attend.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email:

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Editor’s Note:
A photograph of David Zyla is available here: