The Hanbok is a traditional dress, often worn up until about 100 years ago. Even though the literal translation of Hanbok is “Korean clothing”, the dress often refers to the clothing of the Joseon period. Nowadays, the traditional dress is worn on festive days or special anniversaries. Although the dress is worn on festival like settings, most people in Korea keep these for when they actually need them. And it is not just on festivals or special anniversaries that these dresses are worn. Children often wear them on their first birthday and adults wear them on their wedding ceremony. People also wear them on their 60th birthday. In the western culture, we usually wear black attire during funerals but in Korea, they also wear the Hanbok for their funerals. Although most cities in Korea have been modernized, some villages or districts maintain the traditional ways of life so the Hanbok is seen as casual wear in these parts of Korea.
Fast forward to modern days, Korea’s current fashion has been modernized. I do not know for sure if western celebrities set any fashion trends but in Korea, the fashion trends are usually set by their celebrities. These fashion trends actually only catches on other celebrities.
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Thank you for the unique foray into Korean fashion and the concomitant history behind it. The sure-fire way to distinguish good writing from the mediocre is asking yourself if you are left with more questions than answers. I appreciate your blog because it makes me wonder whether or not North Korea adheres to the same standards, what exactly went down during the Joseon period, and why the 60th birthday is comparatively significant compared to others. As an International Relations major ( I apologize if that becomes a redundant phrase after several comments on your blogs ) I have an ethical and academic duty to know all I possibly can about all parts of the world. I particularly found it interesting that the South Koreans wear the Hanbok to weddings as well. Perhaps it reflects a difference in opinion towards death. Thank you