ABOUT SHEENA as a fashion insider
Sheena Gao is a highly creative fashion expert with twenty years of domestic and international experience in the fashion industry, and ten years in team leadership and management positions with a keen sense of trend direction and fashion style. Sheena’s major strengths include conceptual design, styling, brand development, creative direction, fashion show production, editorial, trend research and development, marketing, project management and presentation; process development and implementation; global communication and International alignment. Creative skills include photography, Photoshop, Adobe and InDesign, Possesses highly efficient problem solving skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills. A proven record of success as a team player and team leader in achieving creative directions, business objectives and company goals. Sheena is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Shanghainese and English.
After obtaining her Master's Degree in Apparel and Textile at the North Dakota State University, Sheena worked for some of the leading companies in the United States, such as the Target Corporation, Marshall Fields, and Sears and Roebuck Company. Sheena held positions in design, trend, product development, and quality assurance area, where she worked as Fashion Tech Designer, Sr. Color Specialist, Director of Sales, Product Development Color Manager, and Quality Assurance Softlines Coordinator.
During Sheena’s fashion industry career, she has traveled extensively and worked directly with international buying offices and vendors throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Sheena’s global experience has enriched her industry knowledge and expanded her experiences as a fashion industry professional.
After her departure from Sears and Roebuck in 2004, Sheena began her teaching career at the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, where she shared her industry experience and passion with the inspiring young fashion professionals of the future. In the summer of 2006 Sheena took on the challenging role as the Director of Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Management for which she relocated from Chicago to San Diego at the Art Institute of California, Gao has established two solid bachelors’ programs to reflect the Art Institute Institute of California’s fashion curriculum as the leader for creative education in the industry. Gao utilized her fifteen years of comprehensive fashion industry experience, as well as working with industry designers and marketers, to develop the program’s strategies reflecting today’s fashion industry needs. Her bachelor’s degree program has taken the San Diego fashion to a new height. After a successful three-year run as the Fashion Academic Director along with a highly successful fashion show that drew nearly 1000 audience nationwide, which included designers from Project Runway, Calvin Klein, BCBG, Timberland, Guess?, St. John’s Knits, and Ashworth, Sheena decided to return to the classroom as fashion instructor, and took on a freelance Creative Consultant role at Rosaline Jewelry.
In 2011, Gao launched the lifestyle fashion label International Citizen [i.CTZN] ( it is cruelty free line. Percentage of the proceeds goes to fund the fight against dog meat trade in the world under the Facebook group Mercy for Chinese Dogs. i.CTZN becomes successful after its debut in OC Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week and having been featured as a new designer at 2011’s MAGIC, Apparel News, OC Weekly, The OC County Register, Style Binge, Coastal Magazine, 944, as well as blogger LA Fashion Snob.com Most recently, Gao worked as a freelance fashion/wardrobe stylist wardrobe stylist/costume designer with Capitol Records, Interscope Records, Columbia Records, Rocket in My Pocket Production, the Shaping Sound Dance Company, Coffee Beans and Tea Leaves among others, on high profile groups such as Chainsmokers, (Nominated for Best MTV Music Award-Best Video), Selena Gomez, Zedd, Daya, Jamie Scott, Coffee Beans Social Media campaigns.
ABOUT SHEENA as a Classical Violinist
Beautiful performance and alluring stage presence is how you would describe the international violist Sheena Gao when she takes the stage as a classical violinist.
During her music career, Gao frequently performed as solo violinist on stage and television in her native country of People’s Republic China, she has also recorded for movies and television soundtracks, radio, and has been featured in many newspapers in China and U.S. As a violinist, Gao is soulful and romantic; her unique music interpretation can be attributed to her upbringings.
Born to a family of renowned architects, Ms Gao started her violin study at the tender age of 7 in her home country of China. Ms. Gao had established fame for her performances in the city of Nanjing. At the age of 18, Gao was accepted into the well known Nanjing Institute of Fine Arts, where she pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Violin Performance. Prior to being accepted to the institute, Gao had already made her solo debut with the Symphony Orchestra at the Nanjing Institute of Fine Arts. Gao was awarded scholastics and top violinist during her study.
During her senior year at the Music Department, Ms. Gao participated in the National Professional Young Violinist Competition and won third place with her performance of Glazunov Violin Concerto in A Minor. Gao was also awarded scholarship for outstanding academic performance.
In addition to her solo violin music career , Gao also performed as the first violinist with the Mozart Twins (), The Minneapolis Trio, Bella String Quartet, F-M Symphony, and Nanjing Musician Group. Gao was selected to perform for Itzhak Perlman at his honorary event in Minneapolis. As a violinist and artist, Gao traveled to France, Italy, UK, Greece, Croatia, Switzerland Egypt, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, where she drew inspirations for her music and art, gaining profound cultural understanding of the world.
ABOUT SHEENA as a Rock N Roll Violinist
Powerful performance and captivating stage presence is how you would describe international violinist Sheena G.
when she takes the stage as a Rock n Roll electric Violinist.
During her music career, Sheena G. frequently performed as solo violinist on stage and television in her native country of People’s Republic of China. She also recorded for movies and television soundtracks, radio, and has been featured in many newspapers in China and the U.S.
As a violinist, Sheena G. is soulful and romantic; she established fame and status for herself during performances in the city of Nanjing. At the age of 18, she was accepted into the well- known Nanjing Institute of Fine Arts, where she pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Violin Performance and made her solo debut with the Symphony Orchestra in Nanjing. In addition to her solo violin music career , Sheena G also performed as the first violinist with the Minneapolis Trio, Bella String Quartet, F-M Symphony, and Nanjing Musician Group. She was selected to perform for Itzhak Perlman at his honorary event in Minneapolis.
Recently, Sheena G. started her new music journey as a Rock N Roll electric violinist, performs with the instrumental rock band THE VATICANTS based out of Los Angeles.
Sheena G. comes full circle with THE VATICANTS as she adds
the ultimate balance between the darkness and the
light, hard rock and melodic elements, After all: “Life IS all about balance".