lie-sangbong-s17-collageEmbracing social media wholeheartedly this season, famed Korean designer Lie Sangbong used Instagram to unveil his Spring/Summer 2017 collection on September 8, 2016 in conjunction with New York Fashion Week.

The collection which was inspired by the South Korean tradition chaekgado is a reinvention of the famed chaekgado still-life paintings that were highly graphic and colorful. Prominent in the latter part of the Joseon dynasty, the chaekgado paintings employ techniques that juxtaposed structural shapes and dimensions to create a composited effect.

Often featuring bookshelves and personal effects, they reflected an individual’s life and values rendering each piece personal. Though memorabilia could depict aspects of academia, home, and beyond, all came together in a harmonious balance intended to represent the individual.

Speaking about his collection, Mr. Lie said, “As a designer, my role is to not keep traditions in their original form but to reinvent them through a contemporary lens. That is how I preserve tradition.”

To unveil the Spring/Summer 2017 collection, LIE SANGBONG created a contemporary chaekgado, presenting a collage of images featuring friends of the brand who each present their personal aesthetic and connection to the Korean fashion label. The protagonists – Erica Choi (@eggcanvas), Natalie and Dylana Suarez (@natalieoffduty, @dylanasuarez), Samantha Angelo (@theeyetravels), Pari Ehsan (@paridust), and Lily Montasser (@thedemeler) – styled their own looks from Mr. Lie’s latest collection.

With total creative control, these women also incorporated sentimental pieces, such as favorite works of literature, and other items that might be placed on their own bookshelves or chaekgado, to be included in the series.

Photos courtesy of Lie Sangbong

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