This book offers comprehensive information on Korean jeogori, the traditional hanbok upper garment worn by Korean women. In doing so, the book delves into the lives of Korean women and their ideas on aesthetics.
- Book Intro
The jeogori encompasses a uniquely Korean aesthetic and tells the stories of the everyday lives of traditional Koreans. While a part of traditional Korean dress, the jeogori remains a symbol of Korean art that is deeply reflected in our times and our culture. It also is a testament to the lives of Korean women and the Korean aesthetic. Professor Kim Hye-soon, a world-renowned hanbok designer and a faithful devotee to traditional Korean dress, has authored this book, a single-volume compilation of everything there is to know about jeogori. Kim has done extensive research into historical archives and data to take the history of Korean clothing to a new level. It is Korea’s first and only encyclopedia on jeogori, a comprehensive primer on the beautiful shapes, rich palette, thoughtful restrained aesthetics, and elegant grace of jeogori. Jeogori, written as 赤古里 in Chinese characters, typically refers to the upper garment that is worn together with pants or a skirt. The garment tends to be shorter than the lower garments. The jeogori dates back to ancient times and has therefore been with Koreans throughout our history. It is a testament to te culture andhe aesthetics of our forebears and a representation of th consciousness of the various eras. In this book, readers will find illustrations of perfectly recreated jeogori spanning across a full 600 years, to detail the origin, types, forms, changes, and schemes, as the jeogori has been worn by Korean women for nearly 6,000 years since ancient times. From the longer jeogori worn by the spirited women of Goryeo, the sophisticated color-blocked jeogori of ladies of the palace, the rough cotton jeogori of the common folk, to the mini jeogori fashioned by gisaeng courtesans, this book outlines different kinds of jeogori that fully represent the loves and lives of Korean women. The jeogori not only contained the aesthetics of our ancestors but also provides glimpses into the cultural trends and ideas of the times. This book follows the historical significance and changes in cultural trends as presented by the changes in jeogori, and by doing so, offers meaningful information to students of traditional Korean clothing and experts, as well as average readers who love traditional Korean dress and wish to keep its spirit alive.
- About the Author
Kim is a world-renowned hanbok designer and researcher of traditional Korean dress. She is the CEO of Yejung Kim Hye-soon Hanbok, director of the Korea Foundation for Clothing Science, and professor at Wonkwang University's Graduate School of Oriental Studies. She has served as a bridge in promoting Korean traditional culture to the world through activities at home and abroad, such as the designing the costumes for the TV series Land and Hwang Jin-yi, and the films Seopyeonje and Beyond the Years. She has presented at Korean Tradition Meets British Royalty, The Korean American Association of Greater New York, and the 2010 G20 Fashion Show. Kim was selected as one of the 10 World Artists by FENDI. Her publications include The King's Dress, and Dress a Kisaeng in the Dress of an Artist.