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IFS: A New Space Around The Body

Juhee Han. Photo- Courtesy of the Korean Cultural Centre

Juhee Han. Photo- Courtesy of the Korean Cultural Centre
Yoolhee Ko. Photo- Courtesy of the Korean Cultural Centre

Yoolhee Ko. Photo- Courtesy of the Korean Cultural Centre
A New Space Around The Body exhibition. Photo- Courtesy of the Korean Cultural Centre

A New Space Around The Body exhibition. Photo- Courtesy of the Korean Cultural Centre

16 February 2012
by Isabella Redmond Styles

The Korean showcase, entitled, ‘A New Space Around The Body’ focuses on 8 emerging South-Korean designers who present a variety of womenswear, menswear and jewellery. The showcase, which takes place at the Korean Cultural Centre, combines an exhibition, where visitors can view each participant’s collection up close, and an installation which includes a short film about the life and design processes of each designer.

The work on show is characterized by a use of bold of colour and  dramatic silhouette, as well as an interest in cutting edge techniques coupled with respect for traditional Korean craftsmanship and experimentation with unusual fabric. Juhee Han, a graduate of Central Saint Martins, works mainly with knitwear, using techniques like crochet and macramé and attributes her life in London as a major source of inspiration. The gold elements that can be seen throughout her collection reference the gold handles and knockers that are found on doors all over London. The result is a collection that, through the use of classic pieces such as a wide leg trouser and oversized knit cardigan, is wearable but fashion forward.

Yoolhee Ko, is the only jeweler featured in the exhibition.  Her collection of necklaces, bracelets and rings took unknown planets and the rotation and revolution in the universe as its starting point. The pieces, which are geometrically shaped and include natural and irregular rock minerals, each tell a dark and mysterious story about the universe.

Unbounded by A WE by Laykuni’s collection, combines sportswear with urban fashion, drawing on a mix of classic sporty shapes and a graphic retro print. Whilst Kathleen Kye chose to focus more on mens' urban attire, making use of traditional tartan fabric, embellished bandanas, gold metal fringing to produce a witty, unconventional take on typical streetwear accessories.

 ‘ A New Space Around the Body’ exhibition is taking place from 1-28 February at the Korean Cultural Centre, 1-3 Strand, WC2N 5BW.