By  on April 6, 2010

To the list of young Korean and Korean-American designers in New York, such as Grace Sun, Gryphon’s Aimee Cho and Sonia Yoon of Bensoni, there’s a new name to add: Yuna Yang.

The 32-year-old Yang, born in Seoul, caught the fashion bug from her mother early on. “She’s very into fashion and a very big fan of Chanel,”the designer says. “My grandmom, too. Korean women are like Italians. They never go out without makeup and [without] being fully dressed.” Still, Yang didn’t set her sights on a career in design until after she graduated from Ewha Womans University in Seoul with a degree in fine arts — and shifted locales. In 2001, she moved to Milan to study Italian — “I was always interested in the language and the culture” — and soon found herself under the spell of the fast-paced fashion capital. “I loved walking around the boutiques on [Via] Montenapoleone,” says Yang, who then enrolled in a yearlong program at Istituto Marangoni design school and worked for Alviero Martini before heading to London, in 2003, to study at Central Saint Martins. While there, she interned for Clements Ribeiro and Ann-Sofie Back. “Ann really opened my eyes,” says Yang. “I loved her [experimental] cuts.”

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