Sandra Yau currently lives and works in Chicago, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Columbia College, graduating with honors in 2013 from the Fashion Design Department.
Born on March 14th, 1983 in Skokie, IL, Sandra Yau is one of seven children born to immigrant parents of Chinese and Thai descent, raised in La Grange Park, IL.
Shortly after graduating from high school, Sandra attended College of Dupage for two years. During this time, she hosted underground fashion and art shows with a collective named Fusion Project. It is here that Sandra met a hand full of young artists/designers that influenced her perspective of fashion and art. After several years away from academia she returned to college with the aim of using fashion design as a medium to create art.
Although multifaceted in technique, Sandra is interested in conceptual design and heavily focused on craftsmanship. Much of her work is influenced also by her relationship to her father and her fascination with his view of the world.