The 30th Annual Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium – Korean Fashion: From Royal Court to Runway



The 30th Annual

Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium 


Korean Fashion: From Royal Court to Runway

Saturday, November 5, 2022

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

Hybrid Event

In Person,

1957 E. St. NW, Harry Harding Auditorium, Washington, DC, 20052

Virtual via Zoom

Event Description

Held in conjunction with the exhibition Korean Fashion: From Royal Court to Runway, on view at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum through December 22, 2022, this colloquium will examine Korean clothing as an evolving expression of national identity, socio-economic transformation, and aesthetic sensibilities since the late nineteenth century. The presentations will roughly follow the exhibition’s chronology, which begins with textiles sent by the Joseon government to the World’s Columbian Exposition (Chicago World’s Fair) in 1893—Korea’s first formal presentation of its material culture on the world stage—and concludes with present-day runway and street fashions. 

Join us for a morning session of presentations at the Elliott School of International Affairs and an afternoon session at the museum exploring the exhibition.




The Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities Series at the George Washington University provides a forum for academic discussion of Korean arts, history, language, literature, thought and religious systems in the context of East Asia and the world. The colloquium series is made possible by an endowment established by the estate of Hahn Moo-Sook (1918-1993), one of Korea’s most honored writers, to uphold her spirit of openness, curiosity, and commitment to education. The 30th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium is organized by the GW Institute for Korean Studies, the George Washington University’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the George Washington University Museum & Textile Museum, and is cosponsored by the Korea Foundation.