Couture Korea (2017)

By: Hyonjeong Kim Han, ed.

Through garments including baeja (woman’s vest), po (man’s outerwear) and baegilbok (child’s costume for the 100th-day celebration), this Korean fashion book explores how each gender dressed during different seasons, on special occasions and according to social status. Interviews with contemporary fashion designers Jin Teok and Karl Lagerfeld and historians Minjee Kim and Cho Hyo Sook examine how historic and contemporary clothing design reinvigorates Korean cultural identity.

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San Francisco : Asian Art Museum ; Seoul, Korea : Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation, 2017 .
Format xvi, 90 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN : 9780939117826  0939117827
OCLC : 973918711

Table of contents

Table of contents

viii Foreword
Jay Xu

ix Foreword
Yun Gyun S. Hong

xi Acknowledgments
Jang Young suk

xiv Acknowledgments
Hyonjeong Kim Han

2 Undressing the Mind: The Past, Present, and Future of Korean Fashion
Hyonjeong Kim Han

10 Catalogue 1-5

22 Clothing in Fiarmony with Nature
Cho Hyosook

26 Catalogue 6-10

36 Toward a Definition of “Koreanness”
Minjee Kim

40 Catalogue 11-13

46 Creating Contrasts in Korean Fashion
Jin Teok

50 Catalogue 14-16

56 Korean Inspiration
Karl Lagerfeld

58 Catalogue 17-23

72 Exhibition Checklist
83 Notes
84 Glossary
86 Bibliography
89 Featured Designers

About the author

About the author

Hyonjeong Kim Han is Associate Curator of Korean Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She is the author of In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art during the Joseon Dynasty.

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