Moon Young Hee, fashion designer in Paris

img_4999Happenstance is a wonderful way to discover a fashion designer. I had just popped in to the Dries van Noten boutique along the Seine, on my way to the Musee d’Orsay, when a  window display in a boutique made me stop in my tracks! The boutique’s name is Moon Young Hee, and it is right across from the Louvre, on the Left Bank. The rough hewn walls, warm polished floors and minimalist design complemented her clothing.

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Moon Young Hee is a Parisian-based designer, originally from Korea, who studied French Literature in college because there was no costume design department. By moving to Paris several decades ago, she realized her dream to become a fashion designer.

I was taken with the folding, layering, and draping of many of her garments, which are sometimes frayed and deconstructed. We share a love for asymmetry. While avant-garde, her garments also prove to be wearable and feminine. Her fall 2018 line was just arriving in the boutique, but I was able to view some of her spring 2018 line.

Here are some pieces from her Ready to Wear Spring 2018 collection.

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Here is a sampling of her Ready to Wear Fall 2018  collection, with a bit more color and a few prints, stripes, plaids, and textures.

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Moon Young Hee doesn’t speak English and my French is rudimentary, but her lovely salesperson, Marianne, served as translator. Though an appreciation for beautiful design and a love for fashion transcend language barriers.

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