Sunyoung An, who was influenced by her Hanbok (Korean traditional costume) designer mother, says that she wants to become a designer who “dresses the soul.”
She wanted to add an extra A in front of her last name An to give it a more special meaning. A couple of years later, the definition of Aan become the acronym of the Hebrew word “Anastasis,” which means “to stand, to be awaken, to reborn.”
In 2007, while An was still a college student, she participated in the SBS Rising Designer Contest, where she went on to win first prize and was given the chance to debut her collection at the 2009 Seoul Collection Fashion Week. This launched her career as a fashion designer.