Friday, May 23, 2008

Forget the prom dress, I want a hanbok

I have a confession to make: I always joke with my friends that I love Korea for its good-looking pop stars and incredibly cheesy television dramas -- but ever since I was a wee little one, I've been fascinated by the traditional Korean dress, the hanbok. I relished school trips to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco because they have a hanbok exhibit -- silky, marvelous garbs adorned with precious jewels and gold embroidery.

Not surprisingly, I immediately fell in love with Young-Hee Lee's designs the moment my eyes passed upon her iGoogle theme. Her renowned designs have been showcased throughout the world, including New York City, Paris, and Seoul -- and for good reason, as they are so much more than trendy East-West fusion.

Her designs -- from traditional hanboks to white wedding dresses -- combine eastern formality with classical sensuality. Traditional is never subordinate to modernity with her work; instead, the garbs of the past collide with the present in a melting harmony of jewel tones and craftsmanship.

Miss Couturable
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