Andrew Yang is a doll artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles and New York. Growing up in Salt Lake City Utah, Yang made movies with his Barbies, and then later, saved his extra money to start collecting dolls. He was constantly drawing fairies, muses, and mermaids, and, inspired by his great-grandmother, actress Mary Astor, became heavily involved acting in local theater before transitioning to costume design where he got the chance to work in the atelier of the Utah Opera. After being told his work was more fashion than costume, he applied and was accepted to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where he moved sight unseen after graduating high school.
During his time at FIT Andrew worked for Proenza Schouler, and later went on to Dennis Basso, where he designed couture level evening wear for fashion week runways and a Madison Avenue clientele. But, he found himself wanting more out of his art, and realized one of his greatest joys was creating dolls. Impatient to begin, and lacking sculpting skills, Yang started making his dolls out of fabric. His early dolls were fantasy heroines in stories he wrote set throughout history, but it was when he dressed his dolls in designer runway fashions, that he was contacted by Vogue Magazine's Anna Wintour, who commissioned him to make 200 dolls for Barneys New York. The success of his first show and windows at Barneys led to several more retail and beauty collaborations with clients from all over the world and appearances in all the top fashion publications--from the Windows of Paris and London, and the bright lights of Shanghai, Tokyo, and Hong Kong and streets of New Delhi. His fabric fashion dolls became the must have items for celebrities like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Oprah as well the fashion set, creating custom pieces for Ricardo Tisci and Azzedine Alaia.
In 2013 he was contacted by entrepreneur Cristina Carlino, who commissioned Yang to create a stop motion music video for a brand they co-created together, iDollogy. This music video inspired Andrew to bring his dolls to a wider audience through storytelling and gave him the confidence to start working on different types of dolls and brands as a freelance doll and toy designer. In early 2016, Andrew partnered with Robert Tonner to create a doll in the likeness of Mary Astor.