Creative Design: Professional

Repowering Women’s Hanbok

  • Seunghye Cho (Framingham State University)


Fashion trends or items that once nearly vanished revive when they regain cultural, religious, social or economical significance in the given society during the specific time period. Hanbok almost disappeared as the everyday clothing due to the drastic westernization of Korea during the early to mid-twentieth century. This design scholarship is aimed at developing designs that adhere to aesthetics of women's hanbok but emphasize independence, initiative, and confidence of contemporary women. Overall visual image of this design is intended to emphasize empowerment along with harmony and balance of modern women's lives. This design represents independent and confident identity of contemporary women by employing see-through fabrics, angular lines, high standing collar, and fitted cuffs while adhering to elegant and classy aesthetics of traditional Korean women's hanbok by introducing wide pants in place of a skirt and using sheer silk organza fabrics, simplified straight lines, and handmade-fabric corsage.

Keywords: Handmade-corsage, Repowering, Hanbok

How to Cite:

Cho, S., (2019) “Repowering Women’s Hanbok”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi:

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Published on
15 Dec 2019