[SEMU-YÉOL LECTURE] June 2019 Manifestation of Collective Identity: Traditional Korean Dress, Hanbok작성일   2019-05-17





Manifestation of Collective Identity: Traditional Korean Dress, Hanbok

Lecturer: Kim Min Jee

Adjunct Professor, Academy of Art University, SF



What made Korean dress Korean?

Along with extensive visual sources, this lecture will trace the development of Korean dress over the two thousand years history up to the latest Hanbok fad on the streets, highlighting on how the dress distinctively manifested the collective identity of Korea while absorbing the then-current internationally dominant trends. The audience will explore how the ‘Koreanness’ featured within the Korean dress refined over time - by both actively responding to the transnational trends and styles and embodying the transformations within Korea. The historical perspective from a global context will allow the audience to understand the currently co-existing Western and Korean dress codes and how traditional attires could keep up with the newly emerging socio-cultural patterns and directions.





Min Jee Kim is an adjunct professor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She received her PhD from Seoul National University specializing in Korean dress history, and previously worked as a faculty member at Jeonju Kijeon College and a lecturer at Seoul National University. After moving to the United States in 2000, she has extensively lectured for global audience both academia and general public on the issues of fashion and identity, cultural appropriation, and cross-fertilization between western and non-western dress in Korean context. To learn more about her activities, visit






Education Room (1st floor), Seoul Museum of History

55 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


Date and Time

June 3, 2019 (Mon)

11:30 A.M. to 13:00 P.M



No Admission Fee.





Tel: 010.2492.6851 (Text Only)

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