Youyang Li is a womenswear designer originally from China, now based in New York City. Story-telling is the main idea that defines her designs. She believes that a good design is like a book. It can interact with the personalities and the thoughts of audiences, and then be given meaning. In terms of her creative ethos, she gravitates towards both new tech and organic techniques: She has experimented with various ways of making garments, like machine knitting, weaving, 3D printing, CLO 3D, etc. These methods allow her to approach new ideas and possibilities.
As a graduate of Parsons School of Design with a BFA in fashion design, concentrating in womenswear, she has participated in various internships at fashion brands such as Celine, SHUSHU/TONG, and Petite Studio, cultivated a well-rounded grasp of the fashion business in Shanghai and New York.
Her thesis collection entitled “Seeing the River” is a narrative about her hometown, family, and herself. In this collection, instead of extracting something “correct” or “historical” from her memory, she rather wants to translate that hazy emotion of nostalgia and the atmosphere of her childhood living space into present fashion language. To celebrate her memory and commemorate the place where her design identity came from.