Kyung S. Lee


Imagine yourself without a sewing machine, broad fabric, simple paper patterns, a tape measure, or even a sharp pair of scissors. These are the beginning of folkloric clothes. The clothes for the most part are made from square and oblong pieces, put together like a jigsaw puzzle with narrow fabric lengths from hand looms. They are made of curving circles, curves and tapered seams, with no waste of materials. It all sounds very primitive, but on a closer inspection, traditional clothes are everything that most modern fashions are not. They are practical, versatile, comfortable, durable and flattering; in short, masterpieces of style. Style always begins with a simple shape, and above all, simple shapes are functional and practical. But what has function to do with fashion? Only the fact that the best known names in fashion design have established their reputations by turning their backs on functionality, concentrating on style. And where do they seek inspiration? Coco Chanel's famous coats were based on the Breton fisherman's blouse. Coco Chanel admits, "I get many ideas from simple clothes worn by muscle workers who have nothing to do with fashion." The patterns of traditional Korean clothes are very simple and functional also. Since these patterns are already functional and change only slowly, attention is focused on the surfaces, colors, patterns and textures. The three garments designed are based on simple traditional patterns. These patterns relate beauty to simplicity in traditional design.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Costume design; Costume--Korea; Ikat

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School of Art (CIAS)


Bujnowski, Donald

Advisor/Committee Member

Leuderman, Max

Advisor/Committee Member

Meyer, Fred


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