13 K-Fashion Odyssey Korea_Rejina Pyo_Photo Lotte Stekelenburg and Diana Monkhorst_Courtesy of Han Nefkens, On loan to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

‘K–Fashion Odyssey’ is the second part of our presentation of a new wave of extraordinary avant-garde Korean fashion designers that have recently come into the spotlight. The first exhibition, ‘A New Space Around the Body–Emerging Korean Fashion Designers’, won the British Council and British Fashion Council’s International Fashion Showcase (IFS) Emerging Talent Award 2012 for Best Project at London Fashion Week. ‘K–Fashion Odyssey’ is also part of this exciting annual competition.

01 Korea_Chloe Kim_Photo Vikky Ivie

‘K–Fashion Odyssey’ exhibits work by Chloe Kim, Gigi Jeehyun Jung, Hyein Seo, Narae Park and Rejina Pyo. These award-winning designers are graduates of some of the most prestigious fashion schools from across Europe. This new wave of Korean fashion holds an exceptionally high aesthetic value, producing sculptural pieces that frame the body. Through five varied installations presenting film, garments and headdresses, the exhibition offers stories and hypo- thetical worlds from the newest and brightest experimental talents and their Korean roots. The installations have been developed from conversations between the exhibition-makers, Sofia Hedman & Serge Martynov, and the designers.

10 K-Fashion Odyssey Korea_Narae Park_Photo Osma Harvilahti

To resonate with the adventurous voyages the designers have taken coming from South Korea, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding countries, to Europe, wooden boat sections and piping have been created, tying their unique stories together.  The triangular patterns on the walls and floor in the gallery  are based on navigational rhumb lines of old sea maps.


Korean Cultural Centre UK / Grand Buildings 1-3 Strand London WC2N 5BW (Entrance on Northumberland Avenue)





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