A tale told in the 1950s – 1970s where two girls exchanged parentage. During the Korean war, rich girl Ko Joon Hee (Lee Yo Won) is separated from her father. After sharing difficult times with a young friend and ‘elder sister’ Lee Kang Hee (Kim Min Seong) during war times they develop a sisterly bond.
However, because of the circumstances at war, both girls were separated and Kang Hee was adopted by Ko Joon Hee’s father, who thinks that his real daughter is dead. Mr Ko is the owner of a huge textile business and the former Kang Hee grew up as Joon Hee in the lap of luxury.
By a twist of fate, the real Ko Joon Hee was adopted by Kang Hee’s criminal charged and poverty stricken mother. They both spent the post war times on the secluded island of Manggol. The real Ko Joon Hee is now called Han Duh Mi and lives a simple life.
Two other characters in the drama are Kim Dong Yeong (Joo Jin Moo) and mischievous Chang Bin (Cheon Jeong Myeong). The former is the filial son of the Defense Minister while the later is the son of fashion designer Chang Bong-Sil (Lee Hye-yeong).
The lives of these four crosses paths during war times when they were just young kids, up till when they grow up in the 70s. A tale of love, deceit, ambition and politics unfurl.
What i liked about this particular drama is that each of the characters (and that goes beyond the extend of the four main characters) are well elaborated. You do not feel as if the story revolves around the main character. You feel for poor rich girl Ko Joon Hee, who now wears designer clothes and lives a life any woman would desire, but has lost her very own identity, as she assumes the name of another. You feel for Chang Bong Sil, a mother who struggles to put her son above her passion and love for fashion.
I also enjoyed the performance of Lee Hye-yeong who plays designer Chang Bong Sil who runs a fashion academy called Ensemble. Her quirky accent and short curly hairdo added to the 70s era. Another plus point is the clothes and 70s feel of this drama is really refreshing and almost good enough reason for you to pick this one up.
Rich girl & poor girl exchange lives. Both end up studying at a fashion academy, both vying for the love and affection of one man. One tries to find her true identity while the other tries to hide the truth.