Designer to Watch: Aminah Muse of Yanghi

As the head of the Fashion Society at her high school, Aminah discovered her love for fashion design. Aminah wasn’t afraid to be innovative. She even made skirts out of old curtains.Within five years, Aminah’s design aesthetic has evolved into garments filled with symmetry and with worldly inspirations. Inspired by her father’s Sudanese and Ethiopian background, she decided to create her own clothing line in 2010 called Yanghi. The first garment Aminah composed for her line was “The Clash of Cultures” top. The garment featured an African wax print, dipped in red dye, with a diamond cut in the front, outlined by a Native-American quilted trim. Her designs showcase an inventive take on reconstruction and evoke cultural messages. Yanghi means “superior one.” Aminah loves to clash colors and textures in order to produce effortless handcrafted pieces. Her line has even grabbed the attention of Baltimore native and musician, Rye Rye, who has worn a few of her pieces on stage. Her client base includes bloggers, musicians, and everyday fashionistas. Her 2011 collection featured mid-western and Native-American influences with tie-dye designs to feathered crafty looks.


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