Having obtained a diploma in design and a (BA) Hon degree in photographic design for a year time from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1995, Cecilia You change her mind and went on to study at ESMOD International in Paris and later obtained a scholarship with her outstanding works. Her achievements also earned her the opportunity to participate in shows such as Parisian Designer’s Collection. She came back to Hong Kong in 1999 and, with encouragement from her predecessors, joined the year’s Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest and swept judges off their feet.
The two accolades Yau received – Overall Winner and Hong Kong Fashion Association Creative Awards – further confirmed her talent, but even without them You would have already achieved her ultimate objective: To familiarize herself with the fashion scene in Hong Kong. She later went on to represent Hong Kong for the Asia Pacific Young Fashion Designers’ Show.
Apart from Cecilia’s own collection, she also work with the China fashion chains as their image and design consultant, as well as the consultant of the Apparel Washing, Dying and Finishing Technology Center & Lector of Diploma course (2D Apparel Design and Pattern Making) of the Clothing Industry Training Authority; Guest Tutor of Diploma in Design of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Cecilia is also invited by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council for the Judge of the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest 2004 as well as invited by the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Fashion Week as their esteemed panel of Judge for the “International Fashion Award 2003”. In 2004, Cecilia was invited to be the judge in Hong Kong for “Diamonds: Nature’s Miracle Design Competition” organized by DTC, the gem diamond-marketing arm of the De Beers Group of companies.