Karen Yang’s inspiration comes from the colour, vibrancy and diversity of culture. Her deep interest and curiosity in cultural stories, celebrations, food and the uniqueness of individual experiences was launched at the age of eight when Karen moved from Shanghai to Sydney. Experiencing life through the lense of two cultures has not only provided Karen with deep cultural insights but has also been the source of her inspiration for many of her quirky and unique designs.
Having newly graduated from Fashion and Textiles at Sydney’s University of Technology; Karen’s collection have walked the runway as part of Sportsgirl’s National Graduate Showcase at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and in New Zealand iD Emerging Designer’s showcase . As well as receiving national and international accolades including the Australian Wool Award for Craftsmanship and Innovation, The Object Design Award, TISA National Student Design and Technology Award (2nd place), NSW Business Chambers TCF Award (finalist) and the iD International Emerging Designer Awards (finalist).