Project Runway Season 19 Anna Zhou Head Shot

Anna Yinan Zhou

San Francisco, CA

Age: 32

Hailing from Shanghai, Anna Zhou grew up in a family with an art background. She was influenced by her father, who is a sculptor and has studied fine art since she was 13. Anna found her fashion voice and sense of creative freedom when she took the step to move to the United States. She received her degree in fashion design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After jobs with brands like Marchesa, she founded her own line, ORAZ, during the global pandemic. She even has managed to launch two seasonal collections that were featured in WWD. She draws inspiration from her personal life and experiences, with her designs focusing on evocative, dark, and abstract aesthetic centers. Anna advocates against crimes toward the AAPI community. She aims to empower her people with her collection and believes in using her fashion creation as a weapon to fight for social issues, including gender inequality and racial discrimination.