Designer raises awareness of Korean beauty at museum

Fashion designer Jin Young-jin has drawn the spotlight for raising awareness of the nation’s traditional clothing, or hanbok, at a renowned fashion event in Portugal.

Jin, 46, started his design career in 1994, engaging in various global fashion fairs here and abroad. His noteworthy design achievements include stage costumes for opening ceremonies in such events as the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup and the 2010 G20 Seoul Summit.

The latest in a series of his design activities came in a two-day fashion event from Oct. 15 when he received a big round of applause from the audience at the Museum of the Orient located at the country’s capital city of Lisbon.

The museum, established in 1988, is a nonprofit organization headquartered there, and holds its global branches in such areas as Macao, India and Timor-Leste or East Timor.

As Korean people are often called the “white-clad folk,” Jin focused on highlighting the beauty of pure white to promote traditional attire at the event. He also added blue and clay-like light yellow and ash gray, all of which represent the nation’s natural landscapes.

During the two-day fashion event, Jin also adopted home-grown clothing materials – including ramie fabric, silk and cotton – and added them with what he calls genuine Korean colors.

Jin plans to continue making hanbok widely known across the globe, by unveiling futuristic hanbok costumes at major European fashion events next year. This is expected to not just enhance cultural ties with host countries of the upcoming shows, but raise the global brand value of Korean traditional clothing.

He is best-known for his expertise in expressing vivid and eye-catching outfits, which allowed him to join the ranks of the globally-acknowledged fashion designers. In particular, he was invited to the Paris UNESCO general meeting in 2006 when he also designed stage attire to commemorate a diplomatic event between Korea and China.Read more at:black bridesmaid dresses | blue bridesmaid dresses

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