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The Future of Fashion is Female | NYFW Interview with Yuna Yang

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The Future of Fashion is Female | NYFW Interview with Yuna Yang

 

Female entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds recently held the most fabulous, creative meeting New York City has to offer. They unveiled works of wearable art, launched new collections, inspired self-expression, and gave millions of followers an inside look at high fashion in work. New York Fashion Week comes just twice a year, and we had the honor of partnering with Yuna Yang, Manhattan-based fashion designer, artist, and educator. She’s sharing how she got involved with fashion and design, how she started her businesses, and where she sees the fashion industry heading.

One day, I was ordering an espresso, and I started to chat with an old Italian lady. She was curious about where I was from since at that time there were not that many Asian people speaking Italian in Milan. She told me she was an artist, and I answered ‘I’m an artist too, what kind of art do you do?’ She answered ‘I’m an artist who is making clothes.’

— Yuna Yang


1. How would you describe yourself?

Yuna Yang: I’m creative, adventurous, determined. I’m not afraid to take a risk and always try to challenge myself to become ‘a better person’

2. What are your greatest passions?

Yuna Yang: I love enjoying classical music, opera and of course all kind of arts with relatives and people I like to be with.

Also, I have a passion to collaborate with local artisans who are based in regions of the world where I have personal background, roots and specific affection with, such as Asia, NYC and Europe .

3. How did you get started in your fashion/design career?

Yuna Yang: It just happened like a movie story. After graduating college in Seoul, Korea with a Fine Art degree, I moved to Milan to learn Italian language, culture. Of course, ‘La Scala’ – The opera house in Milan - was another reason why I wanted to live in Milan.

One day, I was ordering an espresso, and I started to chat with an old Italian lady. She was curious about where I was from since at that time there were not that many Asian people speaking Italian in Milan. She told me she was an artist, and I answered ‘I’m an artist too, what kind of art do you do?’ She answered ‘I’m an artist who is making clothes.’

As I was very curious about her profession, she invited me to visit her atelier where she has been working as an artisan for 40 years. It was ‘Valentino’ ‘s Atelier. Beautiful fabrics, embroidery, all colors details. This magic moment acted as the obvious revelation of my life—I will become a fashion designer.

4. What advice would you give women trying to start their own businesses?

Yuna Yang: When I first started my own business in NYC without knowing anyone, I met so many inspiring people who were willing to share their experience and encourage me. Don’t be scared or afraid to fail, you always learn from your mistakes. Please share your knowledge and mistakes with people, as you will always find someone who will be glad to give you good advice or at least positive energy.

Please do not forget to give back what you learnt and received from people who have been key supporters and inspirational for you, to anybody else who could enjoy small or great benefit from your support. I strongly believe that sharing experience and being inspiring to others is how we can all individually contribute to change people’s life and improve our world.

5. What inspires your work?

Yuna Yang: Social movement, culture sharing and crossing. I believe fashion design is a bit more than creating or factoring clothes. As a fashion designer, we have a responsibility. Especially in the society where we are living, I want to think about the original intention behind fashion: not only creating beautiful clothes but also promoting a better way of life for people. Fashion cannot exist without true inspiration from fashion designers, so Fashion’s role and purpose is also to be a positive source of inspiration for individual people in their day to day life.

6. What’s your goal with your collection this season? What are you hoping to communicate with it?

Yuna Yang: This season’s concept is titled “You’re Beautiful.” Every woman regardless race, status, ages, we are all beautiful. No prejudice, stereotype, no limitation.

7. How would you define the modern woman?

Yuna Yang: Loving themselves. Open to accept new ideas and challenges. Speaking loudly to share and promote what they believe in.

8. Does the future look bright for women in business?

Yuna Yang: Of course, more and more females are being entrepreneurs today, or even more recently, accessing the top management functions in large international companies. I believe that in the very near future, we do not even think about male or female distinction in business world, as there are so many inspiring women in all over the world, together with more and more men being in agreement with this.


To see Yuna’s full collection, visit www.yunayang.com or follower her on Instagram @yunayang.

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