The exhibition title is the combination of "pop" with the idea of "couture".
This shows the way of addressing traditional wifely crafts and contemporary design.
Harmonize the Western Handbag with Korean haute couture techniques
The designer puts Korean jasu embroidery on Dior, nubim quilting on Chanel,
And deconstructs the Korean jogakbo patchwork into an Hermes bag.
She uses the traditional gyubang gongye - "the crafts of the Korean wife" - as though they were Lego blocks building a bridge between Eastern and Western aesthetics.
The word "Lego" has a dual meaning. In Danish, leg godt means "play well": in Latin,
it means "I become." Passing through the designer's hands, the gyubang gongye spirit becomes the sculpture, a reassembly of Korean identity.
Seven handbags on soban
We find seven handbags sitting atop a small dining table called 'soban', a piece of korean traditional furniture that symbolizes the independent indivdual within the home.This suggests one possible, perhaps crucial, avenue for Korean design: using tradition, but in a way that draws out the power of laughter and affirmation inside of us rather than succumbing to the weight of all the years gone by.
The word "pop" suggests "contemporary," but it is also an attitude we bring to bear when we interact with tradition.
Which of these two paths – European legacy brands or ever-changing fashion trends – will take us to our own version of high fashion?
Let's have a look at each of the seven handbags, considering the dispute as we do so. Perhaps an answer can be found there.
Date: 12 June – 8 September 2013