SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, July 20, 2019 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will hold the “Seoul 365 Fashion Show” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the March 1 Independence Movement and the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.
The Seoul 365 Fashion Show is an annual fashion event that has been held at major attractions in Seoul since 2016 with the goal of “Any place in Seoul becomes a runway for 365 days!”
This year’s show is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. on July 20 in front of Dongnimmun, or Independence Gate located in the Seodaemun neighborhood. The stone-made Dongnimmun was built in 1898 led by the Independence Association, modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
The March 1 Independence Movement was not only an anti-Japanese movement, but also a starting point of the founding of the Republic of Korea, and a root-like movement that allowed Korean people to have the Republic of Korea today.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it has organized the fashion show specially to be held in front of Dongnimmun so that the spirit of the March 1 Movement will become a vivid, living history in the lives and hearts of citizens.
This year’s fashion show will feature abound 80 hanboks (traditional Korean clothes) and costumes with patterns of Taegeuk (A Korean symbol composed of interlocking spirals, associated with Taoism and shamanism) on stage. The show is composed of two parts: hanbok designer Baek Oaksoo’s works will be shown on the first part, and that of designer Park Jong-chul will be introduced on the second part.
Baek Oaksoo, the third-generation designer of a famous hanbok house, will present clothes that reinterpret those from the year of 1919 in a modern way in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea. Baek’s modernized hanboks were recently showcased by BTS in its music video, drawing a lot of attention from all around the world.
For the second part of the show, designer Park Jong-chul will introduce an artistic collection using Korean traditional aspects such as Taegeuk pattern and Hangeul or Korean alphabet. He specially designed more than 20 costumes that will help to revive the sprits of patriotism and independence fighters for the show so to express regret over the forgotten memory and appreciation of the independence movement.
Along with the fashion show, diverse cultural events will also be held. They will include non-verbal performance Nanta by Jstick, a performance team for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and big drum and dance performances.
Especially, 100 members of the families and descendants of independence fighters are invited to this year’s show. Also, national assemblyman Woo Sang-ho, Chairman Shin Won-chul of the Seoul Metropolitan Council, Mayor Moon Seok-jin of the Seodaemun-gu Office, Chairman Yoon Yoo-hyun of the Seodaemun-gu Council and Administrator Chung Jae-sook of the Cultural Heritage Administration will attend the show.
Deputy Mayor Cho In-dong for economic policy at the Seoul Metropolitan Government said, “It is very meaningful to host a fashion show commemorating the 100th anniversary of the March 1 Independence Movement and the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea at Dongnimmun, the very place where has represented the patriotic spirit of the Korean people.” He added that this fashion show would offer a chance for the citizens to think over the history of Korea and the meaning of peace once again.
※ For more information, please visit the Seoul 365 Fashion Show’s official Website at http://seoul365fashion-eng.kr.