Yana experienced her own self-love awakening when she discovered the art of dance. Struggling with bullying at school and personal insecurities during much of her teen years, Yana turned to dance to nurture her own self-esteem journey. Her background in classical ballet and ballroom dancing allowed her to connect to her own body and discover what it takes to create a perfect streamline silhouette. This snowballed into a natural curiosity and obsession with body language and movement, which lead her to dabble in the fashion industry as a clothing designer and runway teacher to models.
She embarked on her professional journey in 1995 when she began working with high fashion models. She trained models in Italy to utilize body balance, movement, and poise.
She then held a successful career as a fashion designer which came with many achievements including being a part of the Macy’s on state street incubator program, and working at several notable fashion houses in Europe.
For more than ten years, Yana German has been making headlines as one of Chicago’s premier designers. Her exclusive line of women’s clothing, “The Yana Collection” is described as classic elegance with a progressive edge of femininity and chic European flair. This collection landed her a role as a Designer in Residence for the 2008 Macy’s on State Street, Chicago Fashion Incubator, (CFI). She credits the success of The Yana Collection to the way she has been able to portray her designs in the exclusive Yana German Modeling-School of Walk, fashion shows.