Prior to his assignment with Tina Knowles, Nylund had worked with large-scale retailers and other designers. He was a designer for Tommy juniors and Andy Hilfiger; Tommy's brother. Tommy's brother held a responsibility in running Jennifer Lopez's company JLo.
In addition, Scott Nylund held a responsibility in illustrating the clothing garments for JLo. When his tenure came to an end at JLo, representatives from the Knowles camp, wanted to meet with him.
To date, Nylund is the design director of Beyond Productions, where he assists in the coordination of all three lines — House of Deréon, Deréon and Miss Tina by Tina Knowles.
Q How did you start working with Beyond Productions (co-owned by Tina and Beyoncé Knowles)?
A I got a call to come in and meet with them. I was so excited about meeting Tina Knowles that I prepared a project. We hit it off right away. They offered me an assistant design position before anyone else was hired. Because I've been able to work with them the most [over the past five years], they've become comfortable with my aesthetic. Now I'm the design director. It's wonderful. As Tina would say, I'm her eyes and her ears.
Q What does a design director do?
A [Tina] will start us with a color palette such as red, gray, white and black and we'll fill in the rest. Or she'll come back from London inspired by the English countryside and lion's head door knockers. So we'll go find fabric, inspiration illustrations. Being a director is like being a choir director: You make sure the cellos and violins are playing the same note at the same time -- coordinated and cohesive.
Q Were you involved with Destiny's Child at all?
A I was part of the Destiny Fulfilled tour. It was one of the most amazing times. They were just starting to talk about [Knowles' label] House of Dereon's part in that. We went from song to song. My notebooks from that experience will be on display in the exhibit.
Q Craziest thing you did for that?
A The day before the tour started in Japan, we switched the color of her pants. I had to spend 24 hours gluing all these crystals on. When I saw them onstage, I had a crying moment, because this is exactly what I should be doing right now. I'm so blessed. I have many moments when I have to pinch myself.
Q What's the goal with the exhibit?
A I want kids to see the evolution. There will be illustrations, five or six dresses Beyoncé wore, dresses from my Luther College show and one or two wedding dresses that I've done. It's a testament to education.