Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium for Korean Humanities: Korean Fashion

Young woman squatting on the ground with a hand running through her hair wearing Korean street fashion
Golden Needle Hanbok by designer Kim Yeong-mi. Photo by Michael Hurt.


Scholars and other leading voices in Korean fashion will examine Korean clothing since the late 19th century as an evolving expression of national identity, socio-economic transformation and aesthetic sensibilities. Held in conjunction with Korean Fashion: From Royal Court to Runway, the colloquium will roughly follow the exhibition’s chronology, which begins with textiles sent by the Joseon government to the World’s Columbian Exposition (Chicago World’s Fair) in 1893 — Korea’s first formal presentation of its material culture on the world stage — and concludes with present-day runway and street fashions.

This program is a partnership with GW’s Institute for Korean Studies and GW Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

About the Exhibition

Innovations in fashion, music, film and other arts have propelled Korea to the forefront of the world’s creative stage. Korean Fashion: From Royal Court to Runway explores the extraordinary transformation of Korean costume and fashion over the last 125 years, from the late Joseon dynasty to today’s couture and cutting-edge street fashion. Learn more about the exhibition


Lee Talbot, curator, The Textile Museum Collection, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Jungtaek Lee, director of London Hanbok, postdoctoral researcher

Kyunghee Pyun, associate professor, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York

Michael Hurt, adjunct professor, Korea National University of Arts; fashion photographer and blogger

Nana Lee, director, Lie Sang Bong

How to Participate

Join us for a morning session of presentations at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs and an afternoon session at the museum exploring the exhibition. You can also join virtually. Register in advance to attend the colloquium in person or to receive Zoom information to join virtually.