Thursday, September 4, 2008

Interview with Y E J

Today's interview is with Polyvore member Y E J, a 25-year-old aspiring jewelry designer from Korea. Y E J makes incredibly fashionable sets filled with unique, funky items. She's a whiz at combining colors and laying out her items in the most visually appealing way.

Tell us about yourself.

My Korean name is Eonjung Yun and my English name is Victoria Yun. I was born in Busan, Korea. I'm 25 years old and I just graduated from IED (Istituto Europeo Design), which is located in Rome, Italy. I majored in Jewelry Design. Actually I have a degree in the English Literature as well, but I couldn't dispel my passion for fashion, so I made the most important decision in my life -- I decided to study jewelry design in Italy. I studied various kinds of design, including sunglasses, high-end jewelry and car accessories.

I lived in Rome for 1 and a half years and had a great great time there. Now I'm looking for a job in Korea. I want to work as a jewelry designer or industrial designer. I'm also thinking about launching my own accessory brand "CHELSEA AND VICTORIA" in the future...maybe when I'm over 30 or whenever I'm ready. But first I'm going to start by selling some goods through my blog.

How did you discover Polyvore?

It was about 6 months ago. I was searching for Louis Vuitton bags on a Korean search engine called Naver. One of the results was a square image that included many items in it. It was a set from a website called Polyvore. It looked really interesting and I started to become addicted. I was so lucky that I found Polyvore!!

Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why.

The reason that I use Polyvore is my love of fashion. I can make any outfit that I would love to wear or's like satisfaction by proxy!! ^__^ I can also see fashion trends from many different countries, and get inspiration from all the different sets that are so original and wonderful. Polyvore is very special to me. Although I can get fashion information from books, magazines and other internet sites, I get tons of useful and unpredictable fashion information and inspiration from all the Polyvorians. There are lots of interesting trends among the sets, which is why I feel I can learn more about fashion on Polyvore!

Describe your set creation process.

I always try to make my sets totally wearable. That's why I prefer not to make sets that are too unique or avant-garde. But I do love the unique look of designers like Jean Paul Gaultier.

I usually start my sets by choosing the colors first, and then find items which go well together. I really focus on the color combination. ^__^

Where do you get inspiration for your sets?

It's very simple. There are no special tricks to making my sets. I usually get inspiration from an item, like a certain top, skirt, or jeans, and then start to mix and match. I begin by picking a certain color like purple and then pick one item that is purple. If I choose a purple t-shirt, I'll use coordinating colors like grey, black, or yellow to match. Next I'll pick some cardigans or jackets, but with different colors. For the last step, I add accessories to adorn the set. My style tends to be cute, lovely, and chic-funky!

What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?


Phoebe Juliet said...

Oh... I love her and her style !!!!! She is so sweet, talented, original, and fabulous in mix and match outfit!!!

Modellic (Lauren) said...

Wow, I have always loved your sets they are all amazing. I believe that you definetly deserve to be interviewed. I could think up of 10 polyvorians to be interviewed you would definetly be one of them. Good Work As Always.
Hugs and Kisses

Angel4e said...

I also love her!
She has such a good taste and eye for unique items! I admire her work!

p,s What is it with Korean girls!? Both YEJ and StyleBubble are so great!
They're so stylish and cool! :D

Anonymous said...

Great pick!!Y E G is SO talented, SO stylish and so sweet! I have so enjoyed getting to know her through this interview!

Anonymous said...

She is such a talented artist!! I am so glad she found polyvore.... she is an inspiration to all!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for featuring YEJ! I love her sets. They're always fresh and creative.

Y E J said...

thank you guys!!! i'm so happy that i had a chance to be interviewed. i always thank you guys for the great support.

p.s - Thank you, Jess!!!