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SS14 Collection Inspiration: Concept Korea

August 29, 2013


With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week days away, designers from near and far are getting their creations ready to present during the shows. Among the list of anticipated presentations is the Concept Korea Spring/Summer 2014 show.  The influence of Korean design will be introduced to the global and diverse fashion community in effort to assist Korean fashion designers in their attempts to break into the U.S. fashion market – a project implemented by the Daegu Metropolitan City and the Korea Research Institute of Fashion Industry (KRIFI) to provide direct support to designers.  

Celebrating its eighth season this September, Concept Korea runway show, there are four presenting designers which include: Kye Han-hui (‘KYE’), Kim Seo-ryong (‘Kimseoryong homme’), and Kim Hong-beom (‘CRES. E DIM’) for ‘Pre-concept Korea’, and Go Tae-yong (‘beyond closet’), Park Yun-su (‘BIG PARK’), Lee Seok-tae (‘KAAL E.SUKTAE’), and Choi Bok-ho (‘Choiboko’) for ‘Main Concept Korea’. Through their participation in the program, each brand will receive extensive support, including a presence in a multi-branded retail shop, as well as online and offline public relations support by Korean and abroad public relation agencies.

The following is a glimpse of the inspiration behind this year’s featured Concept Korea designers: 


“The collection was inspired by the Bible phrase, “The stone the builder rejected has become the corner stone (Psalms 118:22)”. It features a modern and structural aesthetic which is expressed through architectural motifs (concrete, iron bar, mold) and oversized Y-shape silhouettes in tone on tone fabrics” –  Suk-Tae Lee


KAAL E.SUKTAE inspiration image (1)


“Arirang Punk inspires this collection; represented by the excitement of play and deep resentment – drawing inspiration from modern Korean culture through the use of punk elements such as exaggerated colors and patterns” – Choi Bo Ko



Big Park SS14

“The collection focuses on shape and form, silhouette, and pattern. Drawing inspiration from folk art paintings” – Park Youn Soo

Big Park Sketch


Beyond Closet

The spring/summer 2014 collection is inspired by everyday views of men working out in gyms. This physical transformation from a gaunt-like state to a more muscular, masculine appearance is represented through classic argyle patterns, and an expansion of Beyond Closet’s “Dog Series”, depicted through prints and embroideries” – Tae Yong Ko



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