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A frequently discussed topic which seems to live in a realm that has no such thing as absolute truth, “originality” in fashion has a meaning that seems to be so much more vast in size and depth than fashion itself. However, to prematurely conclude that the field is just a blur and confusion would be erroneous, because after all, it is possible to distinguish between something that’s more original than one that’s not.
On that note, fashion designer Imseonoc is one who does not negotiate with the world: both trends and the audience- she’s an artist and one with a strong philosophy at that. She began using neoprene way before it became a global trend, and began playing with prints and shapes with it long before many began noticing the fabric. Her pieces not only carry aesthetic value, but offers new ideas to both design-focused as well as those seeking utility. With her advanced techniques and methods with textile and tailoring, she continues to challenge herself through a limitation set by herself presented by a belief and passion in waste minimization. If you thought fashion design was difficult, try creating zero waste while at it. I have a hard time separating garbage from recyclables. Please let the professionals handle the hard work.
Give credit where it’s due: kudos to Imseonoc for making neoprene approachable, for making it so damn wearable. and for making it look so damn good and comfortable. I have yet to come across another designer who can do so much with one fabric. Try her stuff once and you will never look back. Keep in mind though- her pieces only work with her other pieces. No (brand) mix and match allowed here.
In the field of fashion, there are artists; then there are businesspeople.
While the latter tend to build wealth and fame in a relatively short amount of time, it’s the former that makes a lasting impression, influencing generation after generation.
In her years as a fashion designer which spans almost 50 years, Jinteok has made a name for herself as one who not only creates wearable art, but one who has been an essential part of the Korean fashion industry. Having been one of the first Koreans to introduce Korean fashion to Europeans, her profile includes numerous awards, collaboration with multinational corporations, and multiple brand launches.
Playing with three dimensional patterns and natural curves of the body, Jin’s designs depict a confident, intellectual woman who embraces minimalism at its best.
Photos by Justin Shin, fashion photographer Seoul Korea