Yanni Xiang is a fashion blogger and illustrator who draws her inspiration from the biggest cities in the world — Milan, Paris, and New York City — but manages her popular platform from right here in Cincinnati.
Xiang’s Instagram account shares her vision through multiple mediums with her followers. Her illustrations incorporate mixed medias, markers, watercolors, oil paints or digital devices to create textures and new styles.
These illustrations inspire her fashion designs as she works on her newest collections. “Working creatively is my biggest motivation,” Xiang says. “I love designing sophisticated with a little bit edgy looks, when people wear my designs.”
Xiang recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017 where she studied fashion design in the DAAP program. She also decided to take the opportunity to study abroad at Central Saint Martins in London. In College, she spent time interning for Vera Wang in New York. “It has really been great opportunity for me to learn, the past experiences also surely inspired and encouraged me to work in the creative field,” Xiang says.
Xiang says she tries to keep her Instagram updated with new inspirations and illustration at least two times per week. The feed ranges from pictures of animals to outfit sketches and fashion trends to taking pictures of surroundings, she explains.
“Working creatively is my biggest motivation, it gives me the eye to see great possibilities coming from even the easy little things in life,” Xiang shares.
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