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For the eyes of the Dear Leader: Fashion and body politics in North Korean Visual Arts

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress presents a lecture on June 27, 2007: "For the eyes of the Dear Leader: Fashion and body politics in North Korean Visual Arts," by Suk-Young Kim, at 12:00 in LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building in LJ-119, Library of Congress, 10 1st Street S.E. Washington, D.C. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Communist regimes are often described as "drab," but North Korea is highly fashion conscious - a place where style and politics go hand in hand. For decades, North Korea's political leaders have been preoccupied with designing uniforms for almost every sector of society. Fashion, especially women's fashion, is seen as a national project, meant to promote group identity and ideology. Like many authoritarian regimes, North Korean designers have been drawn to masculine, military styles that seem to embody revolutionary spirit. But women's fashion in North Korea also openly allows for a contradictory sense of traditional femininity. This talk explores the representation of ideal body in North Korean visual media, such as theater, film, magazine illustrations, paintings and posters.

Request ASL and ADA accommodations five days in advance. Telephone: 202.707.6362 or Email: [email protected]

 

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