Paula Hian was born in the United States around the mid-1960's and raised in Philadelphia. She was drawing clothes since early childhood and by the time she was ten years old, she was designing her whole wardrobe.
She studied Art History at the Northwestern University, graduating in 1983 and then studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York.
She won first place at the Concours International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode Competition, Paris, and her winning design is on permanent display at the Louvre in Paris.
Paula started her career by designing for Tahari and S.G. Gilbert. Then she went back to Philadelphia to start her own clothes design business in 1986. In nearly two decades, she has built up an enviable clientele.
Twice a year Paula goes to Paris to buy the elegant fabrics and trimmings that she uses to make her outfits which are so popular.
In September 2002, during New York fashion week, Paula presented her collection for Spring/Summer 2003.
The Fall 2003 collection of Paula Hian was presented in New York, during Fashion Week held in February 2003.
During New York Fashion Week in September 2003, Paula Hian showed her collection for next Spring.
Her "Poolside Chic" collection said "enjoy summer" and her wide-legged pants and tube tops, mini-sweaters and mini skirts are all about a carefree summer. Her colours were pink, lemon, orange and tangerine. Strapless gowns and dresses were created to show off the wearer's wonderful tan.