Fashion in Motion: Chunghie Lee

April 2001

Fashion in Motion is a series of live catwalk events presented at the V&A. Featuring some of the greatest designers of our time, Fashion in Motion brings catwalk couture to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the Museum.

In her work, Korean artist and fashion designer Chunghie Lee reinterprets the colours and shapes of traditional Korean clothing and pojagi which is Korean patchwork. She is best known for her innovative and bold designs, made with gekki a traditional Korean stitching technique. Light and delicate garments of boldly coloured silk organza contrast coarser works of hemp and Korean paper. Asymmetric lines create strong linear elements in the fabric reminiscent of ancient Korean pojagi designs. Her garments honour women of the past, who made items of timeless beauty out of small scraps of fabric, never realising how much their work would inspire artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Blue, red, yellow, white and black represent the five basic colours of nature, and are here seen in garments made of Korean nobang or silk organza and transparent jacquard fabric.

The durumagi or a woman’s outer coat here has been reinterpreted in modern style and bold colours. Tops and pants show inspiration of traditional Korean underwear. The traditional gekki stitching technique has been used to create strong, linear and asymmetric elements in the fabric. Silkscreen printing, calligraphy, and embroidery are also seen on the clothes.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

5 April - 27 July 2014. The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 is a comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to Italy's reputation for quality and style.

Visit the V&A exhibition The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

Shop online

Hair & Fashion

Hair & Fashion

Whether long or cropped, curly or straight, hairstyles are a potent force - in combination with the latest fashions, they create unforgettable images:…

Buy now

Event - Live Literature Company Performance Workshop: Romeo and Juliet

Sat 26 April 2014 11:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Join The Live Literature Company for an experiential workshop focussing on the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, using a range of different performance techniques.

Book online