Returning to Modern Times at SMWU
Returning to Modern Times at SMWU
  • Lee Han Jiwon
  • 승인 2023.09.04 09:53
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Since June 7, a special exhibition "Uncovering an Emblem of an Era of in a Wardrobe: 1920-1960," has been held at Sookmyung Women's University Museum. Students can visit it from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. 120 artifacts such as jeogori and wardrobe are displayed in the exhibition. This sheds light on the life of modern times, such as values and housing, through changes in closets and clothing over that period. In the exhibition, traditional clothing and closets are displayed in chronological order. This method gives a glimpse of the clothing life of Korean people, which has changed as modern Korea has absorbed Western culture and encounters other new cultures. There are two sections and clothes and furniture are on display in each section. Students can notice changes in the shape and material of hanbok jeogori over time after ports opened up to the world in the first section. Nylon and shiny materials that had not been used in hanbok in the 1920s were able to be seen in the 1950s section. Also, some jeogoris, like the Arirang jeogori and Moonju jeogori, which had gradually developed into a comfortable form, are exhibited in that part. This shows that the form of jeogori is changed into more comfortable in the course of time. The second section displays about 20 pieces of furniture representing modern daily life. There are from the wardrobe, which shows the wealth of the upper class in the 1920s, to a wedding cupboard with glass doors in the 1960s. In addition, tools necessary for making clothes, such as sewing machines, can be seen, pointing out the technological development of Korea. Lee Chae-young, Department of Public Administration '22, said, "I am proud that an exhibition that shows the history of traditional Korean hanbok was held at SMWU. Looking at hanbok over eras at a glance, it was amazing that I could feel the trends of the times through changes in the clothes." It will be on display at Sookmyung Women's University Museum until December 29. On YouTube, students can experience the exhibition through VR technology. More information about this can be found on SMWU's website.

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