Yang Li is a fashion designer and creative director of SHANG XIA.
Li received a scholarship to Central Saint Martins in 2007, however after an internship with Gareth Pugh, Li withdrew from the institution and moved to Belgium to intern for Raf Simons. He launched his eponymous label in 2010 and his first collection "Zero Hour" was shown through a short film in collaboration with filmmaker and photographer Scott Trindle, in which articles of clothing were cut and repaired in varying degrees, which he saw as an act of "subtle rebellion".
He proceeded to release three more collections before his Autumn/Winter 2013 debut women's collection in Paris, a show dubbed "phenomenal" by Vogue. In 2014, he was shortlisted for the LVMH prize. CLCC SA, a Luxembourg fashion fund who had also funded Raf Simons, made investments in Yang Li in 2015. Li debuted his menswear line in January 2016 for Paris Fashion Week, and in 2017, he launched his collaboration label SAMIZDAT.
Li is known for working with underground and cult musicians. For Li's Spring/Summer 2018 collection, the designer partnered with American singer-songwriter Michael Gira for a live performance to accompany his runway show at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Other music collaborations include Blixa Bargeld of Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Justin Broadrick, Keiji Haino, Jehnny Beth, Genesis Porridge, Psychic TV, Ramleh, KK Null, and Pharmakon.
Li was appointed creative director of SHANG XIA in September, 2021.