The Fashion Designer
Grace Moon, a veteran in the international fashion industry, amassed an experience of close to 30 years in the United States of America. The fashion designer carries a portfolio of showcasing her work at the New York, Paris and Lond Fashion Week. Setting a standard of her own in fashion, the fashionista fulfilled the role of a judge at the Face of Asia model contest. An Asia Model Awards show featuring Asia’s and Korea’s top models. Now, setting her foot in Bangladesh as one of the judges of the international panel of jury for the Face of Bangladesh 2020, Moon shares a glimpse of her realm in fashion.

Her Style Mantra
Inspiration comes from all places, but for me, it comes from culture. In most of my designs, I have always attempted to fuse Korean heritage with a more Western expression seamlessly. Blending and showcasing my bi-cultural background, innately American and innately Korean. You must stay connected to your roots and adapt to your environment to create something you can call it your own.

Blending past and present
Trends reemerge time and again. As such, lots of “past trends” have and are coming back with modernised twists. My cultural heritage plays a massive part in relating past and present trend. I draw heavily on Korean cultural attire called “hanbok” which have been worn for hundreds of years. I utilise the specific aspects of classic trends as the base and add my knowledge of the current trend to bring a unique and fresh take on “trends of the past”. 

The meaning of success
The fashion industry changes from season to season, so it’s essential to keep abreast of the trends. Behind the creative flair of the fashion industry is the business acumen needed to keep a company running. In addition to getting hands-on experience in the field, you should also familiarise yourselves with what goes on behind the scenes—such as finance, sales, and marketing. You have to have the foresight of what you want to represent in your creations. You have to be unique, and that can be different things to different people. You have to hone the ability to see the harmony in different cultures, race, sex or religion to inspire yourself truly.

K Tanzeel Zaman, Subeditor of ICE Today Magazine. He is an avid traveler, aiming to fill up his passport and express his perspective of the world through his write-ups.