Hello, Everyone! Today's featured Fashion Designer is Ying Cai of New York, New York (USA).
Ying Cai grew up watching her mother sew, draft patterns, and do sketches for her and her families' whole wardrobe. Another fashion inspiration was her uncle's ownership of a few major clothing manufacturing facilities in south Asia that produce many lines for major designers, all over the world.
At the age of four, Cai started to draw, play music, and dance. At the age of twelve, she started professional ballet training with her coaches from the Kirov Ballet (St. Petersburg). Five years later, Cai was accepted to the Beijing Dance Academy and awarded a scholarship. Cai's nine years of studying dance gave her a great understanding of how to bring out the positive aspects of different body types (with fashion). At the same time, she understood that ballet was not for her.
In 2004, the same year she graduated from college, Ying Cai was granted a fellowship to pursue her Master of Art in the United States. During grad school, she discovered her enormous passion for, and interest in, fashion. She decided to go to New York before graduation.
Cai founded her own company in 2012 and launched a clothing line in June 2013. Several months later, in October 2013, she presented her first jewelry line.
To learn more about Ying Cai, please check out her about.me page.