Going to Korea, Sarah and I knew that Seoul would be very fashion forward compared to other
Sarah and I made a list of our favorite Korean designers. Seoul is quickly becoming one of the top fashion capitals alongside Paris, Milan, and New York. Seoul has their very own Seoul Fashion Week, held twice every year for Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.
Luckily for Sarah and I we were able to attend Seoul Fashion Week held at Dongdaemun Design & Culture Plaza held from October 17th through the 22nd 2014.
Lie Sang Bong
Paul & Alice
The Studio K
Our first show was by J Koo, and it was amazing. I’ve volunteered and walked the Recycled Fashion Show at OSU before, but seeing it from the audience and how the show was put together was another experience on it’s own. It felt like such a blessing to be able to sit in the stands as models walk the runway in the designer’s clothes.
My favorite line out of the four that we attended was from Lie Sang Bong’s Spring/Summer 2015 line. He created an ethereal effect with butterflies as part of his theme. Below I have found his runway clip from YouTube for your perusal. I’ve also linked the other designer’s runway lines that I’ve found online (unfortunately my mobile phone doesn’t take runway pictures without blurring out the model’s clothes. So online pictures and YouTube clips would be the better alternative! 😀
Lie Sang Bong’s YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO8F7Lyri_g
J Koo’s runway pictures: http://www.studiojkoo.com/assets/pdf/jkoo_2015ss_collection.pdf
Paul & Alice’s runway pictures: http://www.paulalice.com/2015SS.html
The Studio K runway clip and pictures (not their direct website): http://www.kfashionista.com/2014/10/20/seoul-fashion-week-studio-k-springsummer-2015/
It was amazing to see Korea’s top fashionistas gathered into one place. The only complaint we had was that a lot of people had the same style. Korea is known for their clean lines, sports inspired clothing and the newest fad……. Scuba gear clothing. Everywhere we went there were people wearing the sweaters, jackets and skirts that were made with that gear. Below I’ll insert it for your wonderful eyes.
Until next time!
-Mach & Le
This is Sarah, and it is now my turn to share Kathy and my experiences of taking the subway out to Dongdaemun. This area is well known for it’s large shopping market. As we walked around the area, street food vendors lined the streets with their goods. Foods varied from battered and fried vegetables or sausages, ice cream, and spicy rice cakes called ddeokbokki.
We walked into one of the three shopping markets and were immediately overwhelmed by the mass number of clothing, accessories, and souvenirs that were being sold. If we saw a hat that we liked, the same hat would be sold further down the market for a cheaper price. Therefore we were very reluctant to purchase anything immediately. Some vendors however only sold exclusively for wholesale, which made sense since some of the items that we saw were also seen in other boutiques near our dormitory.
By the third shopping market, things became too repetitive, thus we went out back to the street food vendors to grab a bite to eat. We ended up trying a hotdog covered in french fries for only 1,500 KRW (equivalent to $1.50). It was very good.
After finishing our snack, we ventured into the large shopping mall near the area. This mall contained six levels of clothing, jewelry, shoes, purses, and suitcases. Here, vendors are more willing to bargain with customers. The vendors are also more pushy in persuading customers to purchase their goods. Throughout our shopping, Kathy and I found it very difficult to purchase clothing items. Due to our previous experience in taking Textiles back Oregon State, we became increasingly picky with the fabrics that the clothes were made of. We basically just went around and felt fabric quality.
Markets that sell clothing for cheaper usually use fabrics with a mix of acrylic, neoprene, and spandex. It was not pleasant to the touch. Kathy and I are now very thankful for what we’ve learned and are now planning on investing in higher quality apparel here in Korea that you wouldn’t find in the U.S. rather than settling on cheaper clothes.
The school week is starting soon and we look forward to seeing the difference in how the classes are taught here.
See you next time,