Couture Korea highlights traditional ways of dressing and shows how contemporary haute couture is rooted in Korean tradition.
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 dresses 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 historical and modern clothing design reinvigorates Korean cultural identity.
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. The Asian Art Museum, Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture is a public institution whose mission is to lead a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture. Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation is a non-profit private organization whose mission is to uphold and build on traditional Korean culture with creativity.