'Korea Now' opened at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, 105 rue de Rivoli, in September 2015 and goes through to the 3rd January 2015. This exhibition is so immense (over 700 articles covering all areas of design), and I literally took hundreds of photographs. I will have to do a major edit to present what I think are the most beautiful pieces in this exhibition to my 'followers'. Enjoy!
The Musee des Arts Decoratifs has a left and a right wing. The 2 levels of the left wing were devoted entirely to fashion. The fashion exhibition was organised around the 5 cardinal colours in Korean culture - red, yellow, blue, white and black. All are heavily loaded with symbolism.
These contemporary ensembles are based on traditional Korean clothing called hanbock. Traditionally the ensemble has a jeogori (bolero) and a very voluminous skirt which has 2 undergarments beneath - could be a pair of wide pants and an underskirt - all to emphasise the hips! Red for Koreans, by the way, symbolises virginity, so red is a youthful colour. Traditionally a married woman would not wear red.
His garments were sumptuous garments embellished with goldwork embroidery. On the garment above he has also introduced padded gold lame appliques. Andre Kim was the first Korean couturier, opening his studio in 1962. He died in 2010 at the age of 76.
MORE FROM THIS EXHIBITION TO COME IN THE NEXT POST!