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March 13, 2017
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Moon Young Hee
Paris, France – Several years ago and late one calm Sunday afternoon, this writer found himself strolling through the marais, which is one of Paris’s most hip districts in which to live. While walking idly through its streets, I happened by an open door. Looking through it, I realized that I was standing in front of Moon Young Hee’s atelier. As it was a bit hot on that evening, the door to that part of the atelier was open and facing the street. And through those doors, there she stood simply working on her next collection.
Standing there and discretely observing the master draping at work, I found my mind wandering back in time to some of the reviews that I had written on Moon Young Hee’s work during the earlier part of my writing career. I remembered that her work is about design, poetry, art and functionality. And those are the very codes that we find in her new collection for Fall Winter 2017/18.
This new collection sees the decorated Franco-Korean designer working with a plethora of rich textures. Against the skin the soft materials feels as good as they look. They include cotton, wool, jersey, tweeds. Moon Young Hee has used to create silhouettes with great proportions and volumes that form a cocoon around the body as if to protect it. Yet they allow for unrestricted movement. She wraps, drapes and folds her materials into flattering silhouettes that dignify the woman’s body while at the same time leaving room for hints of natural sensuality to be perceived through the forms.