Moon Jung Chang

Professional in Fashion Design.

About Moon Jung Chang

Moon Jung Chang earned her master of fine art degree at Fashion Institute of Technology of school of grad study (2017-2019), as a first cohort. When she graduated, she won the first prize from the department due to the excellent works.When she graduated, she won the first prize medal from the department due to the excellent works. She earned her BFA fashion design from Pratt Institute in New York (2016).When Moon entered Pratt, she received $96,000 scholarship, and was selected as a Seemann Burse Fund scholarship recipient because she placed in the President list annually, and she has graduated from Pratt with honors. Moon’s aesthetic focus on the dichotomy between beauty and ugliness is an invaluable asset of her own visual vocabulary as a designer. The massive size and weight of black with cute elements such as a flowers, bows, and ruffles create the tensions of contrasts and emphasize the aesthetic of massive minimalism as well as the cuteness in ugly ways.

  • Winner of Fashion Design Award.
  • Specialized in Fashion Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Fashion
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Interview with Moon Jung Chang

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
When I was young, I wanted to become a painter because I love art and painting. But I wanted to communicate and interact with people more through what I create, so I chose to become a designer, especially a fashion designer because we cannot live without fashion. I had always admired New York City for being one of the most influential fashion capitals in the world. When I was 19, I finally moved here to study fashion, and that’s how my journey started.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
Moon Chang is the brand which promotes hybrid couture, which means wearable couture in modern and future days, we also have a second brand named, VENUS IN BLACK, a life style brand, which promotes wearable couture in sustainability.
What is "design" for you?
Design for me is, it can be anything with conception and functionality.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I like to design "experience", such as PTSD, something I or other people experience, it can be personal, and I love to extend it as a social, and test it out with garments. I use fashion as a visual language and tool.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
I love all of my collection, especially, the aesthetically techniques I developed and cooperated them into my designs.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
I fall in love with Traditional millinery, and couture techniques, with traditional velvet, silk, satin, and organza. As a contrast, I combined these fabrics with functional materials, like waterproof nylon, and heat-sealed rubber.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
I focus on aesthetic with functionality, to make people want that design.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
Love and Hate. I am inspired by my PTSD experience, the mental health, and want to express the hardness and beauty of it, and overcome the trauma with fashion.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
I feel more challengeable and hopeful to move on to next experiment.
What makes a design successful?
Play, Research, Making and Testing are the key success of my design process.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
I follow my instinct and senses to define good or bad first, and try to figure out why this become good or bad, is there story behind.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
I wish my brand to be sustainable in the design and production process because this will lead to my brand to be prolonged in a healthy way. I want my brand to be sustainable and ethical in both the design and production process. This is the duty of a creator.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
Hybrid will be the future! The mix of new combinations of unusual, oddity and difference will create new aesthetic and future.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
My last exhibition and show were in NYC, and I am planning to hold upcoming exhibition in Asia regions.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
I can be inspired by everything, even food, like vegetables. However, my favourite inspiration is my own personal story and experience. I believe there is power in a human’s story.​ I am always inspired by personal stories and stretch this to social movement to validify.​
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
I focus on the dichotomy between beauty and ugliness is an invaluable asset of my own visual vocabulary as a designer. The massive size and weight of black with cute elements such as flowers, bows, and ruffles create the tensions of contrasts and emphasize the aesthetic of massive minimalism as well as the cuteness in ugly ways.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I am from South Korea, but living in NYC for 10years. I can see my design is conversion of eastern and western cultural heritage. In my collection, I reinterpreted couture techniques, which is from Europe. I followed European techniques, but in the meantime, my background as a Korea, definitely would have an impacts on this process, and this creates something aesthetically unusual and different.
How do you work with companies?
I do many meetings to communicate with companies. I think verbal and visual presentation is very important to convey the idea of design and also listen and reflect what they want.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
I read and research a lot first, academically study. I imagine how this can be visual and narrative into design, something you can touch, feel, and wear, so I make many testing samples in 3D to see how it looks in real. I repeat this process many times to make the real happen.
Can you describe a day in your life?
I love to play with my French bulldog, Venus, who is my muse for our brand, VENUS IN BLACK.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
The positive is mentally, I can stay young to keep my imagination and fantasy to design, and being proud when I see people wearing my collection, which I design. The negative is physically so tired and too much stress to get a new idea and inspiration to create something new.
What skills are most important for a designer?
Making skill is the most important, especially in fashion. Many people can imagine, design in 2D, but if you do not have a power to make in 3D, which is real, design will lose the power of function, I believe function is the key of differencing art and design.
What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
Why do you choose to become a fashion designer? Where do you get inspirations? When you are being proud to become a designer? Who is your favorite designer?
What was your most important job experience?
I think my internships, which I did early age of 20s. At that time, I did not know much about fashion and industry, and I could learn very fast and see the distinct of the academic and industrial fields.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I have upcoming major department stores' stocks in this Summer and Fall.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
For design, I do it by myself, and for production, I have a team.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
VENUS IN BLACK, my second lifestyle brand, will be launched soon. VIB is ready to wear and product-based, that customers can wear it while walking with their dogs.
How can people contact you?
Please find me at my website, moon-chang.com or my instagram, @moonchangny

Extended Interview with Moon Jung Chang

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
When I was young, I wanted to become a painter because I love art and painting. But I wanted to communicate and interact with people more through what I create, so I chose to become a designer, especially a fashion designer because we cannot live without fashion. I had always admired New York City for being one of the most influential fashion capitals in the world. When I was 19, I finally moved here to study fashion, and that’s how my journey started.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
Moon Chang is the brand which promotes hybrid couture, which means wearable couture in modern and future days, we also have a second brand named, VENUS IN BLACK, a life style brand, which promotes wearable couture in sustainability.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
Design for me is, it can be anything with conception and functionality.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I like to design "experience", such as PTSD, something I or other people experience, it can be personal, and I love to extend it as a social, and test it out with garments. I use fashion as a visual language and tool.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
I love all of my collection, especially, the aesthetically techniques I developed and cooperated them into my designs.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
I fall in love with Traditional millinery, and couture techniques, with traditional velvet, silk, satin, and organza. As a contrast, I combined these fabrics with functional materials, like waterproof nylon, and heat-sealed rubber.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I focus on aesthetic with functionality, to make people want that design.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
Love and Hate. I am inspired by my PTSD experience, the mental health, and want to express the hardness and beauty of it, and overcome the trauma with fashion.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
I feel more challengeable and hopeful to move on to next experiment.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
Play, Research, Making and Testing are the key success of my design process.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
I follow my instinct and senses to define good or bad first, and try to figure out why this become good or bad, is there story behind.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
I wish my brand to be sustainable in the design and production process because this will lead to my brand to be prolonged in a healthy way. I want my brand to be sustainable and ethical in both the design and production process. This is the duty of a creator.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
Hybrid will be the future! The mix of new combinations of unusual, oddity and difference will create new aesthetic and future.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
My last exhibition and show were in NYC, and I am planning to hold upcoming exhibition in Asia regions.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
I can be inspired by everything, even food, like vegetables. However, my favourite inspiration is my own personal story and experience. I believe there is power in a human’s story.​ I am always inspired by personal stories and stretch this to social movement to validify.​
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
I focus on the dichotomy between beauty and ugliness is an invaluable asset of my own visual vocabulary as a designer. The massive size and weight of black with cute elements such as flowers, bows, and ruffles create the tensions of contrasts and emphasize the aesthetic of massive minimalism as well as the cuteness in ugly ways.
What helped you to become a great designer?
I am from South Korea, but living in NYC for 10years. I can see my design is conversion of eastern and western cultural heritage. In my collection, I reinterpreted couture techniques, which is from Europe. I followed European techniques, but in the meantime, my background as a Korea, definitely would have an impacts on this process, and this creates something aesthetically unusual and different.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
I do many meetings to communicate with companies. I think verbal and visual presentation is very important to convey the idea of design and also listen and reflect what they want.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
I read and research a lot first, academically study. I imagine how this can be visual and narrative into design, something you can touch, feel, and wear, so I make many testing samples in 3D to see how it looks in real. I repeat this process many times to make the real happen.
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
I love to play with my French bulldog, Venus, who is my muse for our brand, VENUS IN BLACK.
How does design help create a better society?
I want to say "play and experiment a lot in the design process".
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
The positive is mentally, I can stay young to keep my imagination and fantasy to design, and being proud when I see people wearing my collection, which I design. The negative is physically so tired and too much stress to get a new idea and inspiration to create something new.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
Making skill is the most important, especially in fashion. Many people can imagine, design in 2D, but if you do not have a power to make in 3D, which is real, design will lose the power of function, I believe function is the key of differencing art and design.
What is your life motto as a designer?
Why do you choose to become a fashion designer? Where do you get inspirations? When you are being proud to become a designer? Who is your favorite designer?
Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
I think my internships, which I did early age of 20s. At that time, I did not know much about fashion and industry, and I could learn very fast and see the distinct of the academic and industrial fields.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
I have upcoming major department stores' stocks in this Summer and Fall.
What do you wish people to ask about your design?
For design, I do it by myself, and for production, I have a team.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
VENUS IN BLACK, my second lifestyle brand, will be launched soon. VIB is ready to wear and product-based, that customers can wear it while walking with their dogs.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
Please find me at my website, moon-chang.com or my instagram, @moonchangny

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