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It seems that Hanbok events are like buses. You wait for ages, and then three come along at once. The first week in November brings the opportunity to (1) admire, (2) try on and (3) buy your own (genuine antique) hanbok, at (1) the Royal College of Art, (2) the V&A and (3) Linda Wrigglesworth. The first two opportunities are linked, while the simultaneous occurrence of the third is pure chance.

Chigori - from Linda Wrigglesworth

Early 20th century chigori at Linda Wrigglesworth

Hanbok by Lee Rhee-zaFirst, the Royal College of Art

Fashion from the Far East: Hanbok by Lee Rhee-Za
3-8 November 2007
Seminar Rooms 1 & 2
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

A four-part exhibition which shows how hanbok was used to mark significant moments in Koreans’ lives in the past, and showcases the hanboks and textile work of contemporary designer Lee Rhee Za, who has pioneered many developments in modern hanbok designs. Lee Rhee-Za also works with contemporary artists, seeking to innovate and set new directions for these distinctive garments. More details will be published here on Saturday1.

V&A Korea Day imageNext, Experience Korean Culture at the Victoria & Albert Museum

On Sunday 4th November the V&A will present a programme of Korean art, design, fashion and music to explore Korea’s rich heritage and rapidly growing creative economy. Come along and discover Korean culture at this free event featuring Korean music, traditional costumes for you to try on, demonstrations and talks.

14.00–17.00 Try on the traditional Korean Hanbok dress: characterised by vibrant colours and simple lines, the Hanbok is worn during traditional festivals and celebrations. Hanboks will be available for children and adults so everyone is welcome to try on these beautiful, delicate clothes.

14.00–17.00 Traditional Korean Music: Korean music will be performed by five members of the National Orchestra of Korea accompanied by a solo dancer from the National Dance Company of Korea. Included in the programme is some music from the Sopyonje soundtrack.

14.00–15.00 Fashionable Hanboks: Discover more about traditional Korean dress with this talk by top Korean hanbok designer.

15.00–15.45 Curator Talk: Find out more about the V&A’s Korea gallery, with its tranquil green-glazed ceramics, silk embroideries from officials’ robes and gleaming boxes inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

PojagiFinally, antique Korean textiles and hanbok at Linda Wrigglesworth

By appointment only:
37C York Street
London W1H 1PW
Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 8990

As part of Asian Art in London week, Linda Wrigglesworth will have some pojagi (wrapping cloths), a yangban’s robe and a beautiful 19th century wedding hanbok for sale (below):

Wedding hanbok from Linda Wrigglesworth

  1. The hyperlink will not work until 12:30pm UK time on 27 October []

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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