“I mean, we’re so different. We argue so much,” jokes Moon. “We’re from two different countries. I’ve never been to Hong Kong. We don’t speak the same language.”
“Face Value” for Numéro China (2018) by Joyce Ng Credit: Courtesy Joyce Ng
However, since first meeting at Central Saint Martins almost a decade ago, the two have become like sisters, navigating the fashion and art worlds in tandem and confronting familiar stereotypes and cultural differences along the way.
“We can be really sympathetic (to one another) — how she came here at 17 and how I came here not speaking English. We know how much the other suffered,” Moon says. “In everyday life, you do experience certain things as an Asian girl living in Europe and in the same industry, so maybe that’s our common thing, rather than our character or personality, because of our race.”
River for Boom Boom, Re-edition, Issue 2 (2015) by Hanna Moon Credit: Courtesy Hanna Moon