Hangul = Spirit

Tonight at the Korean Cultural Centre, a fashion and design exhibition (on until 16th May) revolving around the Korean writing system Hangul opened up and the bulk of the exhibition was dedicated to a retrospective of Paris-based Korean designer Lie Sang Bong who has infused iconic Korean cultural motifs (Hangul included)into his work.  I've waxed lyrical about Bong's work on the blog before I even started turning up at the shows in the past two seasons so it was really something to see the pieces that I'd only gawped at on Catwalking before, in person… the S/S 08 Triadisches Ballett-inspired collection for example.  Yes I ran my fingers through the circles of fabrics that adorn the dresses or the S/S 09 triangular structural feat that incorporated precise digital printing in gradiated blue…


I didn't capture brilliant images of the A/W 09-10 "The Hunger" collection.  It was beautiful aggression indeed especially when we're talking about the intricate and sharp lasercut leather pieces and chunky tassels mounted upon volume-laden shoulders. 


My own jutting out shoulders courtesy of Gemma Slack's S/S 09 collection (note: I can wear level platforms again…) seemed tame when compared to the adorned shoulders going on above and has given me the will to go for shoulders that aren't just big and sharp but high and ornate too…



29 Replies to “Hangul = Spirit”

  1. Wow . . . beautiful. I must go look up more of him RIGHT NOW because all these pictures you showed us are amazing amazing amazing. I also need to look up Gemma Slack! 🙂

  2. Wow! This kind of fashion really reminds me how fashion is not just beautiful things to wear, but also works of art. Being Korean, I really appreciated this post, since I’m not very informed on Korean fashion. Thank you so much! Where us this cultural center?

  3. Woahhh this is amazing! Some serious material manipulation going on there.
    P.S. You look amaazing in that outfit Susie, and I never realized just HOW pretty you are! I mean i knew you were but you look especially lovely in those pictures

  4. Oh wow! Those are some amazing pieces of clothing! It’d be crazy-cool to play around with those cut-out pieces. I so hope you manage to aquire some and show us how they could be worn! 😀
    The amount of work that goes into those clothes must be phenomenal. Sigh.
    P.s. LOVE your dress 😀

  5. I loved Lie Sang Bong’s spring collection! Thanks for the heads up for fall. I’m loving it even more! I was searching Ebay for lasercut pieces the other day. Nothing interesting…

  6. WOW you look amazing in that dress! seriously, i know its a very much simpler outfit than your usual but it suits you so well!
    im dreaming of more lasercut to hit the highstreet, as my bank account sadly does not stretch this far…

  7. How I envy you girls with petite little frames, who can wear shoulders like this and not look like a linebacker.
    The textures in the pictures above are so varied, I feel sensually confused just looking at them. But in a good way.

  8. The tights are actually REALLY REALLY old H&M…. ppl never believe me when I say that….I’ve never seen ones that are similar… well in terms of colour anyway… I like the way in some light they make my legs look tatooed…!

  9. Susie you look amazing – gosh all grown up and savvy!! The dress is gorgoeus and you wear it well. The collection is incredible – I’m into Korean films and their film industry big style and now it seems I need to get with the fashion programme too.

  10. susie~! man, do i love it when you write about all things korean and fashion ^^ seoul fashion week just finished and i was lucky enough to catch IMseonok and Lee Young Hee’s collections. two very different designers, one being slightly avant-garde, steering towards suit ensembles in the style of dries and ann, and the latter very traditional and haute!
    love love love it when report about international designers that are not based in the 5 major fashion capitals.
    x hiromix

  11. I would love to have a chinese guy skin a live fox or a bunny right in front of you and have you wear it..Wouldnt that be a statement.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *