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Hanbok: Mesmerizing Beauty

Date: Friday, March 22, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Witness the rich and colorful history of hanbok, a form of traditional dress in Korea, in this fashion show featuring more than 200 costumes by renowned designer Hyun-Sook Lee. Inspired by Lee's extensive research of historical royal garments, this journey through the culture of Korea also includes dynamic performances by professional dancers and the thrilling sounds of traditional Korean percussion ensemble, U-So.

Hyun-Sook Lee (Hanboknara Namgaram) is one of the most sought-after costume designers in Korea. Her film and television work includes modern and historical dramas: Heo Jun, Seodongyo (Song of the Prince), Seondukyeowang (Queen Seondeok), Jjakpae (The Duo), Gye Baek, Haerulpumundal (The Sun and the Moon), Sindeuluimanchan (Feast of the Gods), and Ma-eui (Horse Healer). These works have appeared on Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), Moonhwa Broadcasting Company (MBC), and Seoul Broadcasting Company (SBS).

Lee's academic credentials include advanced degrees from the Academy of Korean Studies, the National Folk Museum, and ongoing independent research on costumes as depicted in the portraits of kings at the Nansa Research Center. Her exhibitions and fashion shows have been presented in Paris, the United States, and throughout Korea.

This program is copresented by the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, and complements the exhibition Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia.

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