by Anders Christian Madsen
It wasn’t South Korea’s locally established women’s brands that impressed visitors at last week’s shows in Seoul, but the aspiring fashion nation’s youngest menswear talent.
South Korean news has been intensely focused in recent weeks on a number of ongoing scandals. The response has encouraged existing women’s rights campaigns in the country, which hosted its week long Seoul Fashion Week in the midst of it all. While there’s plenty of womenswear at the South Korean shows, women’s designers don’t seem to capture the political zeitgeist the way you’d perhaps hope for. Rather, the womenswear on Seoul’s runways – often bourgeois, frilly and dainty – is easily exceeded by the astronomical speed of the country’s male gaze evolution…
Image courtesy of Seoul Fashion Week