Sheena Gao is the founder, CEO and Creative Director of
International Citizen Design House, with a mens and women's lifestyle Label under i.CTZN.
Sheen is a highly innovative and dynamic business professional recognized for her creative vision, innovative thinking, artistic talents, project management skills and global communication, with fifteen years of experience in the fashion industry and product development field.
After obtaining her M.S. in Apparel and Textile at the North Dakota State University , Sheena worked for some of the leading companies in the United States, such as the Target Corporation, Marshall Fields, Nordstrom, and Sears and Roebuck Company. Gao held the position as Sr. Color Specialist, Director of Sales, Product Development Color Manager, Associate Technical Designer, and Quality Assurance Softlines Coordinator.
During Sheena Gao’s fashion industry career, she has traveled extensively and worked directly with international buying offices throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa . Sheena Gao’s global experience has enriched her industry knowledge and expended her experiences as a fashion industry professional.
After her departure from Sears in 2004, Ms. Sheena Gao begins her teaching career at the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago where she shared her industry experience and passion with the inspiring young fashion professionals of the future. In the summer of 2006 Ms. Gao took on the challenging role as the Director of Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Management for which she relocated from Chicago to San Diego . Gao has established two solid bachelors’ programs to reflect the Art Institute’s fashion curriculum as the leader for creative education in the industry. Most recently, Gao launched the lifestyle fashion label International Citizen [i.CTZN], it has been a big success after it's debut in OC Fashion Week, and being feature as new designer at 2011's MAGIC, Apparel News and WWD.
Gao is also a brilliant violinst, performing under La Libradolce music Duet.
Fashion Industry Experience
Founder, CEO and Creative Director
International Citizen Design House, Label i.CTZN for mens / women's fashion
Freelance Creative Consultant
Director of Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing/management at The Art Institute of California-San Diego
Color Manager (Product Development) at Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Senior Color Specialist, Associate Technical Designer, Softlines Coordinator at TARGET CORPORATION, Minneapolis, MN
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