Explored on July 7, 2015
Recently, there have been many world-famous fashion shows and exhibitions in Seoul – the Louis Vuitton exhibition in May, the Chanel Cruise Show also in May, and the Esprit Dior exhibition (20 June – 25 August). I don’t know where the sudden rise in popularity for Korea came from – but I am very glad it happened. Koreans have always been quite fashionable. It’s definitely not the same style that is apparent in the United States, but Korea has its own unique mind for fashion that I love. Right now the 유행s/trends I can spot when I walk around the streets like 가로수길/Garosugil or 홍대/Hongdae are wide-leg pants, bucket hats, Birkenstocks, cute tanks worn over tight or crop tees.
Going back to the various spectacles. I was very disappointed that I couldn’t visit the Louis Vuitton Series 2 exhibition because of the all the schoolwork that was piled all over my desk and my head – May was the cruelest month (hello, T.S. Elliott allusion!). I couldn’t go to the Chanel Cruise Show even if I had the time because it was invitation only…and sadly, the genius Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t know me 😦
BUT! I was able to visit the Esprit Dior exhibition at the 동대문디자인플라자/Dongdaemun Design Plaza this past weekend. It was more than alluring. Each room had a flavor of its own and immersed you into the brilliant world of Christian Dior. Flared tea party skirts, peplum tops, wide ribbons, wool coats, clean-cut pants, I wanted it all. The pieces, even the ones designed in the early 1900s, screamed classy yet trendy. On the walls, there were descriptions of Christian Dior and his works. I remember one saying (not word for word) how Christian Dior wished to give women the joie de vivre / love of life through his works, which I felt was a very empowering and beautiful statement. (If I was wearing one of his designs, I definitely would love life!!) I didn’t take too many pictures because I was in too much awe – I completely forgot to take photos! Plus, I don’t know if I could capture the magnificence of Dior through an iPhone lens. The best lens to capture it would be your own eyes. So PLEASE go visit the Esprit Dior Exhibtion and see for yourself the great talent of Christian Dior and his successors.