After a childhood and early education in Delaware, Audra Danielle Noyes completed her Bachelor in Fine Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010, with a concentration in Fashion Design. She was awarded scholarships by Cotton Inc. and the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, as well as selected for the Style Lab Mentorship with Zac Posen. Upon graduation, André Leon Talley personally recommended Audra to train under the direction of Alber Elbaz at LANVIN.
After relocating to Paris to work with LANVIN, Noyes developed her skills under Elbaz where she worked her way up through design and production departments. Eventually, Noyes moved to John Galliano in 2012 where she joined as an Assistant Designer. With a wealth of design experience that included couture pattern making, draping and illustration, she was compelled to launch her own brand AUDRA in 2013, debuting her collection during Spring '14 Paris Fashion Week.
Since launching AUDRA and making New York City the base of the brand, the collection has been featured in the pages of Vogue Italy Talents, Vogue Japan, Vogue Mexico, W Magazine, L'Officiel and Tatler Russia, as well as web publications WWD, Refinery 29, Manrepeller and The Sartorialist. AUDRA is seasonally reviewed by Vogue.com and featured as a part of Vogue Video Fashion Week.
AUDRA has been worn by many cultural leaders such as Caroline Issa, Kim Kardashian, Keke Palmer, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jane Larkworthy, Joanna Preiss, Annie Greenberg, and Chloe King. Each season AUDRA selects a woman with a unique artistic talent whom she feels embodies her collection. To date AUDRA has collaborated with Alvin Ailey dancer Courtney Celeste Spears, New York writer and port Chelsea Hodson, French actress, director and singer Joana Preiss, and American poet Cleo Wade.
AUDRA advocates for female artists making an impact in their specific field or medium and from season to season wishes to further stretch the boundaries of artistic collaboration within the fashion industry.