My modern interpretation of 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' for @studex_usa.
I love timeless pieces, like these pearl studs, that will always be fashionable and last a lifetime.
You + a Great Pair of Earrings = Together Forever
My family recently visited from Korea, so be prepared to see a lot of asian influenced looks and even a couple traditional ones this month.
I'm going to ease into it with this outfit I designed last year.
Korea and Japan have a turbulent history and even today, their relationship is complicated. I come from Korean descent and naturally take pride in my own heritage, but I also lived in Japan growing up and loved my time there. Each culture has had an impact on my personal aesthetic, so I have always appreciated this Ceasar Chavez quote, "Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures." While the hanbok and the kimono are still worn for special occasions and ceremonies in their respected country of origin, there hasn't been an appropriate way to wear either after I moved to the USA without it looking like a costume. I decided I wanted to create a modern look that I could actually wear out. I combined the Korean hanbok's comfortable ease and wearability with its flowing silhouette but in pant form, the graphic saekdongot stripes in the clutch, and norigae embellishment, with the Japanese kimono's more open neckline and elegant linear waist created by the obi. The hanbok and especially the kimono are both brazen in mixing fabric patterns, so I chose different contemporary patterns to challenge a lot of western culture's aversion of mixed prints. It's a very authentic interpretation of my personal history and style.