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Who is ayana ife?

Ayana Ife walking downtown

Modest fashion designer Ayana Ife has been dressing women for over fifteen years. She learned to sew at the age of six, and by age ten, she had already sold her first original garment. Throughout childhood, her talents as a fashion designer were realized through her love of sewing for others. She is an innovator who finds creative solutions to match the individual needs of her clients.

As a modest fashion consumer, Ayana feels the industry deficit firsthand. She advocates for women and offers a solution to their problems. Her passion is to elevate the modest fashion experience so that women feel beautiful, comfortable, and heard with unique styles that empower them and represent their values. Ayana dresses women of all sizes, while listening to their concerns. She knows that modest fashion adds important variety to the industry and she is committed to establishing a permanent place for modest apparel in today's market. 

In an effort to feed her hunger for knowledge and fashion, Ayana completed her undergraduate degree in Textile Merchandising and Design at Middle Tennessee State University. In 2020, she obtained a master’s degree in Brand and Business Management with a concentration on Industry fashion from Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy. She completed her design internship with fashion designer Zac Posen in Manhattan, NYC.

Ayana Ife has starred on Project Runway, and debuted her fully modest collection at New York Fashion Week. She has been featured and mentioned in magazines, such as Marie Claire, The New York Post, and Harper's Bazaar Arabia.

Now, Ayana offers in-person bridal consultations and bespoke designs at her Atelier in Danville, Pennsylvania. She is carefully curating a sustainable sportswear brand for modest consumers that is set to debut in 2024. Her passionate, determined, and fearless pursuit of her dreams is manifested in all of her vibrant work. As Ayana Ife says, “When you have a goal in mind, you don't need to know every single checkpoint to achieve it. Focus on the next best step.”

ayana's timeline

age 6

Little Ayana learns to sew at the tender age of six.

Ayana Ife as a child

age 10

Ayana sells her first original garment. She loves to sew for others and keeps working at her passion.

2015

Ayana completes her undergraduate degree in Textile Merchandising and Design, graduating with honors from  Middle Tennessee State University. Her thesis is set in a steam punk, post apocalyptic era featuring women in rose gold and black luscious fabrications. The collection played with fabric texture, mixed media, chains, silk brocade and ruffles.  

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2017

It's a big year! Ayana stars on Project Runway and wins runner-up. She debuts her fully modest collection at New York Fashion Week and is featured  in Marie Claire, The New York Post, and Harper's Bazaar Arabia.

2020

Ayana earns a master’s degree in Brand and Business Management with a concentration on Industry fashion from Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy. She completes her design internship with fashion designer Zac Posen in Manhattan.

Ayana Ife and a model wearing a dress she designed in front of the Project Runway logo

2022

Ayana moves to Danville, PA, where she opens her Atelier. She is carefully curating a sustainable sportswear brand for modest consumers that's set to debut in 2024.

Ayana Ife's Atelier in Danville, PA
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