The Rise of Fashion Museology: Korean Fashion Exhibitions 2013 – 2022

Clothed mannequins in a fashion exhibition

Korean Fashion: From Royal Court to Runway installation view, August 20 through December 22, 2022. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

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Fashion exhibitions in recent decades have mushroomed in museums and cultural institutions around the globe. At the same time, the growing international influence of Korean popular culture has drawn the attention of museums to Korean fashion, both historical and contemporary. 

In this lecture, Dr. Minjee Kim will discuss eight exhibitions on Korean dress and fashion that have been presented in the past decade in Europe and the United States. She will focus on the shift in museum practices across these exhibitions, and will recount their approaches, themes, objects, and the problems each left in the field to consider. The presentation will also provide an overview of Korean fashion and its history.

About the speaker

Dr. Minjee Kim is a historian specializing in the dress, fashion, and textile history of Korea. She lectured for numerous cultural institutions and colleges in the US, Canada, and South Korea, including in her full-time faculty position at Jeonju Kijeon College and adjunct positions at Seoul National University and Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has served on the board of the Costume Society of America, Western Region since 2018, and joined Tracing Patterns Foundation as a research associate in 2022. She translated 2,000 Years of Korean Embroidery, Geumbak: Korean Traditional Gold Leaf Imprinting, and Traditional Children’s Clothing in Korea, and co-edited Dress history of Korea: Critical Perspectives on Primary Sources

Ticket info

This event is happening both in person and online via Zoom.

  • In person: Koret Auditorium, de Young (tickets $5)
  • Online: register to attend (tickets $5 – $10). The lecture will be recorded.

Contact info

Textile Arts Council

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