You’ve probably all seen the traditional hanbok. Some are beautifully-made, others elegant, while others are just plain dowdy.
I personally have never been much interested in the Korean hanbok; never found it beautiful nor ugly. There were only but a few classic hanboks that caught my attention. Then I saw Hwangjini. My opinion on hanboks have since changed.
Ahn Geun-bae, a hanbok designer, says that the hanbok has been revived as a modern trend with its modest nature. (from jknews) Less is more, in that sense. But the popular hanbok that we see today shows a lot more skin than what is considered “virtuous” for a woman back in the day. The hanbok that we find beautiful at this age were the hanboks of gisaengs. The jeogori (the short jacket) of the modern hanbok is significantly tighter and shorter. Other times the jeogori is left out for a more risque look.
Ahn continues, “(The hanbok) is receiving the spotlight for its mysterious Oriental elegance, and sexy, exotic quality.” [Source: jknews]