Friday, July 29, 2016
Fashion Friday V3: Modern Hanbok
As I get older, I have a greater yearning to learn more about my multiple heritages. For those of you who do not know, I am multiracial, part Caucasian, part Korean, and throw in a mix of Native American and Jewish Polish ancestries as well. One of the things I want to explore in my Fashion Friday series are the history and evolution of the Korean traditional attire, Hanbok. For this first Hanbok post, I am going to keep it simple and showcase some of the modern Hanboks that I found visually appealing. As the series goes on, I intend to get more in depth and break down the history, the evolution, and just how beautiful and colorful the Korean Hanbok is.
Above is a photo of me when I was 4 years old wearing a traditional Hanbok at my Korean school, pre-k graduation ceremony. Of course I was the only mix kid in the bunch, but as a kid it really did not even phase me. When I was young, I was fortunate enough to live in many countries. One of them being Seoul, South Korea. I was there from ages 3 to 5 and then from 8 to 10. Living on the Army base in Seoul has really influenced my cultural view of the world, my artistic style, and was where many of my fondest memories were formed.
Below are modern Hanbok designs I had recently discovered. These Hanboks are so stunning and colorful! Also, the art direction in all of these fashion photos are simply stunning!! I love how Asians are not afraid to be playful, cute, and unique with their art direction and fashion photography!
I hope you all will enjoy this new sub-series within Fashion Friday! And please comment or email me any Fashion post you would like to see in the future!
Sources (from top row to bottom row) // 1, unknown // 2, Design by kimhyesoon // 3, Vogue Girl Korea, April 2011 // 4, Ayoung Hanbok 2014 S/S // 5 & 6, Ayoung Hanbok // 7, Vogue Korea, February 2011// 8, Vogue Korea August 2012 // 9, Ayoung Hanbok 2014 S/S // 10, Vogue Korea August 2012 // 11, unknown // 12 & 13, Vogue Korea June 2014 // Link to quote