Yan comes from an artistic family with her father as an oil painter artist and her mother as a costume designer. After graduating with Bachelors in Fashion Design from Dong Hua University, Yan went on to the Texas State University for her Masters in Fine Arts. She then worked professionally as an apparel designer with American label JCPenny, before becoming a lecturer and imparting her skills in drawing, illustrations and fashion designing. She has since helped groomed many fashion students in winning competitions in China too. Yan has a passion for traveling and is also fond of studying the different and interesting cultural and ethnic costumes of the world.