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K-fashion receives London limelight

As the London Summer Olympics are well underway, the grounds of the historic Victoria and Albert Museum have turned into the venue for the gala reception “Korea Shining Bright” on July 30. Held as part of the 100-day “All Eyes on Korea” festival, the event brings a mix of fashion and authentic Korean cuisine.

The latest creations of Korean designer Lie Sang Bong were paraded out on the catwalk at the museum’s iconic Raphael Gallery, which previously featured fashion shows by Vivienne Westwood, Christian Dior, and Yohji Yamamoto.

(left) The entrance of the Victoria and Albert Museum got a bit of traditional Korea on July 30; (right) chef Kang Leo and Kim Kocht showcase Korean cuisine at the gala reception “Korea Shining Bright” (photos courtesy of KCCUK).

The designer who is known for mixing modern stylings with traditional Korean elements and motifs -- ranging from Hangeul to landscape paintings -- sent his Spring-Summer 2012 collection down the runway, highlighting the highly sophisticated and colorful costume designs inspired by the genuine aesthetics of Korean traditions such as ”dancheong,” or the traditional multicolored paint scheme of the royal palaces.

“I am very delighted to take part in this festival, and to have showcased the very essence of Korean culture tonight,” said Lie after wowing nearly 300 viewers including LOCOG President Sebastian Coe and London Deputy Mayor Edward Lister.

Marking the event, Lie is set to donate a selection of his designs to the museum’s Korean gallery.

In celebration of the 100-day "All Eyes on Korea" festival, the Lie Sang Bong Catwalk Fashion Show took the special stage at the Victoria and Albert Museum on July 30 (photos courtesy of KCCUK).

"We have prepared All Eyes on Korea to expand the horizon of Korean culture through exhibitions, concerts, and performances, by making the best of the Olympic season,” remarked Korean Culture Minister Choe Kwang-shik, currently on a visit to London for the Summer Olympics.

Meanwhile, the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) has strived to help showcase Korean designers in London, one of the global fashion powerhouses alongside New York, Paris, and Milan. Earlier in February, the KCCUK organized the special exhibition “A New Space Around the Body: Emerging Korean Fashion Designers,” presenting an eclectic array of designs from the emerging talents of Korea. The exhibition was recognized by the British Council and the British Fashion Council, winning an Emerging Talent Award at the International Fashion Showcase 2012.

By Hwang Dana Staff Writer

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