Stemming from Seoul, Manhattan-based designer, artist and educator Yuna Yang is the epitome of today’s fashion Renaissance woman. Her eponymous label, the YUNA YANG COLLECTION, is inspired by the colors, textures and narratives in fine art combined with her love of detail and unique Eastern perspective on Western aesthetics. Featuring women’s high-end designer wear, each design in the collection leverages a modern vision that harmonizes the quality of traditional couture while effectively transgressing standard fashion mores and motifs. Proudly designed and made in New York, Yang uses materials from around the world for her collection that can be found in selected high-end boutiques across the US, Middle East and Asia. Her F/W 2016 collection marks her 11th collection shown at New York Fashion Week and her sixth year in the Big Apple.
Following her initial degree in Fine Arts from Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Yang’s true foray into fashion began after completing her design studies at Instituto Marangoni, Milan. At this time, Milan-based designer Alviero Martini offered her the rare opportunity to design evening dresses for Milan Fashion Week. Shortly after, Yuna ventured to London and received a second B.A. in Womenswear Design at Central Saint Martins, while having worked with designers Ann-Sofie Back and Clements Ribeiro.
With her F/W 2010 debut, the cover of Women’s Wear Daily proclaimed that she’s “a sure winner just out of the gate with her charming Louise Brooks-inspired first collection.” Her S/S 2011 collection was featured in New York Magazine (Nine Designers to Watch), followed by a second cover story in WWD. Publications from three continents have featured YUNA YANG, including Style.com, Brides, Harper’s Bazaar Spain, Essence, Vogue Taiwan, Vogue Korea, Elle Italy, Manhattan (Top 5 Newcomer), and Mojeh Dubai (5 International Designers to Watch in 2012).
In 2011, 20th Century Fox Studios chose YUNA YANG to create a capsule collection for the world film premiere of “Water for Elephants.” The well-received collection featured dramatic evening gowns with French lace and hand beading. That same year, Saks Fifth Avenue (Boston) hosted YUNA YANG as its marquee event at Fashion’s Night Out.
She has also participated in numerous collaborations, from music at NYFW 2012 with rock band ‘Civil Twilight’ to cultural influencers such as recent Sundance film festival nominee Mona Fastvold (‘The Thief’ fashion film); respected Korean artist Hong Seung Hye (luxury Seoul department store exhibition in 2013); and Nick Cannon’s Project Canvas to support the Urban Art Partnership. She has collaborated with various luxury department stores as well, including Isetan (Tokyo, 2015), Lotte Avenuel (Seoul, 2014), Galleria (Seoul, 2013) and Shin Kong Mitsukoshi (Taiwan, 2013).
Additionally, YUNA YANG has dressed many Hollywood stars, including Carrie Underwood, Kendall Jenner, Julianne Hough, Jessica Lowndes, Ann Curry, Carol Alt, Brittany Snow, Danai Gurrera, Whitney Port, Anna Gunn, Darby Stanchfield and top celebrities in Asia.