Fashion

Once again there was strong Korean representation at London Fashion Week. As at previous events, Eudon Choi and Jackie JS Lee had catwalk shows, and this time they were joined by Korean-Canadian Edeline Lee. All three were represented in the Designer Showrooms, along with J.Won, Moon Lee Artwear, shoe designer Kim Kwang and the Korean-New […]

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Event news: Korean Cultural Day(s) at New Malden Methodist Church

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2016
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It was nice of someone to post this in the LKL Facebook group yesterday. Too late to provide much advance notice, but I’m posting it now for the archives. I hadn’t heard of the Association of Korean Communities in the UK before. This sort of event used to be sponsored by an organisation called the […]

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“How Korea became fashion’s new fraternity”

by Philip Gowman 2 February 2016
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Tonight’s Evening Standard page 27. I know I’m going to sound my age here but anyway… Dara from 2NE1 (right) looks fine. But would any of you turn up to an event looking like G-Dragon (Big Bang) or CL (2NE1)? If anyone’s interested in reading it, it’s a brief puff piece on how Koreans are […]

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Exhibition news: Print Matters — KCCUK’s contribution to London Fashion Week

by Philip Gowman 27 January 2016
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As in previous years, the KCCUK is hosting an exhibition that coincides with London Fashion Week and the International Fashion Showcase: Print Matters 15 February 2016 – 24 March 2016 Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW Free Admission Private View: 15 February, 18:30-20:30pm ‘Brand Korea’ – Panel Discussion. 22nd February […]

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Event news: Fashion Korea Pop-up Store

by Philip Gowman 19 November 2015
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Your chance to pick up some Korean fashion at bargain prices. A few familiar names here from the London Fashion Week catwalks. Fashion Korea Pop-Up Store / Showcase Date : 20th Nov – 25th Nov 2015 Location : 22 Calvert Avenue | London E2 7JP | calvert22.org | [Map] Opening hours: 11:00 AM – 17:00 […]

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Seahyun Lee in Ferragamo collaboration

by Philip Gowman 7 May 2015
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Congratulations to Seahyun Lee, who has regularly exhibited in the UK, on his collaboration with fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo, which was launched today. His trademark Between Red series is appearing on silk squares, scarves and other designer items – also available in colours other than red. But they’re only available in Korea.

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Style Sharing and the AW15 collections at London Fashion Week

by Philip Gowman 8 April 2015
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Once again the Korean Cultural Centre participated fully in London Fashion Week with a contribution to the International Fashion Showcase. The exhibition, entitled Style Sharing and curated by Tory Turk, focused on Korean designers with London training. To complement the displays, British filmmaker Eoin Glaister was asked to produce short videos inspired by the work […]

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Style Sharing – International Fashion Showcase at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2015
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The KCCUK maintains its recent form of linking up with London Fashion Week (20-24 February 2015). As in previous years, its first new show of the year features Korean fashion designers in London: Style Sharing International Fashion Showcase 16 Feb, 2015 – 4 April, 2015 Preview: 18.30~20.30, 16 Feb, 2015 RSVP: info@kccuk.org.uk The Exhibition explores […]

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A Korean folk-art inspiration for Abba costume?

by 앤서방 1 January 2015
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Burning issue of 2015: was Frida from Abba’s 1975 Owe Sandström designed cat costume inspired by this Korean 민화 (‘minhwa’, folk art) tiger painting? A lengthy Google trawl revealed nothing conclusive. The Abba museum in Stockholm replicates the design on mugs, t shirts and keyrings but to me they look like souvenirs from Insadong. You […]

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Burberry – the favoured brand of Korean flashers

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2014
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In the last decade, British fashion brand Burberry manage to rescue itself from the chav associations caused by too liberal licensing of its check design to companies it couldn’t control. But you can’t control the use to which a raincoat is put. And according to the Hankyoreh: Burberry coats have long been sought after in […]

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Fashion icon Nora Noh honoured in art and film

by Philip Gowman 15 September 2014
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LKL looks at two works devoted the life and work of Nora Noh: A documentary by Kim Sung-hee (Nora Noh, 2013, South Korea, colour, DCP, 93′) and An installation by Cho Duck-hyun (The Nora Collection, 2008, Graphite and charcoal on canvases, frames, wall papers, dimensions variable) To the current generation of Koreans, two names that […]

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J. JS Lee and Eudon Choi display their SS15 collections

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2014
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Jackie Lee and Eudon Choi presented their SS15 collections in the London Fashion Week catwalk shows on 12 September. As happened in the spring, J. JS Lee was first to display her collection – a cunning move as her catwalk show once again was the main photo in the evening press coverage. Here’s the Evening […]

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Exhibition visit: K-Fashion Odyssey at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 12 March 2014
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The K-Fashion Odyssey now in its last week marks a return by the KCC to London Fashion Week’s International Fashion Showcase event. Their participation in 2012 – A New Space Around the Body (LKL review here) – won the British Council’s and British Fashion Council’s Emerging Talent Award. This year’s participation, which has just as […]

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K-Fashion Odyssey: Artist Talk Party — Think in Fashion

by Philip Gowman 9 March 2014
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The KCC is bringing its K-fashion Odyssey exhibition to a close with an artist talk, pop-up show and DJ party. The exhibition’s last day is Saturday 15 March. Pre-registration is required for the Friday evening event in the normal way. Artist Talk Party — Think in Fashion Friday 14th March 2014, 7:00 – 10:30 pm […]

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London Fashion Week: the AW14 catwalk shows

by Philip Gowman 23 February 2014
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Two Korean fashion designers displayed their Autumn / Winter 2014 looks on the London Fashion Week catwalk on Valentine’s day. And despite their very different inspirations, there were interesting parallels in terms of colour palette and fabric, and even some design features. Looking at the common factors between the two collections, high, roll-neck or sculpted […]

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Hyein Seo wins Best Designer

by Philip Gowman 18 February 2014
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Congratulations to Hyein Seo, whose work is currently showing in the K-Fashion Odyssey exhibition at the KCC. She has won the British Council and British Fashion Council’s International Fashion Showcase Emerging Talent Award 2014 for Best Designer. Sources: KCCUK | British Fashion Council

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K-Fashion talk at the KCC, Friday 14 Feb

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2014
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As part of the KCC’s participation in London Fashion Week events, four of the designers exhibiting in the K-Fashion Odyssey are doing a talk at 4pm this Friday. As usual, pre-registration is required. K-Fashion Odyssey: Artist Talk Party The Korean Cultural Centre UK cordially invites you to the Artist Talk Party of K-Fashion Odyssey. Friday […]

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