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NORFOLK MAKERS’ FESTIVAL: Korean Royal Dress as seen in Netflix’s ‘Kingdom’

Dr Minjung Lee, Costume Maker and Lecturer in Korean Costume at Korea National University of Cultural Heritage & Seoul National University

Dr Minjung Lee takes us time travelling back to 16th century Korea to discover the beautiful costumes of the Royal Court seen in the Netflix series ‘Kingdom’, together with traditional Korean white mouring dress … Dr Lee highlights the social hierarchies of the Joseon Dynasty through the variety of materials and styles of hats and headcoverings, the wearing of courtier rank badges – as well as the use of colour, precious golden thread and silks for the royal family.

Set in the Joseon Dynasty of medieval Korea, the popular TV series ‘Kingdom’ ‘blends political thriller and zombie horror. Its story follows Lee Chang, the Crown Prince of Joseon, as he attempts to investigate the mysterious illness recently afflicting the King, only to find himself caught in the middle of a deadly epidemic ravaging the Kingdom of Joseon. While trying to save his Kingdom from the plague, he must also stop his political opponents from seizing the throne.’

Korean cinema – K-Cinema – has become hugely popular internationally through the award winning Parasite by director Bong Joon-ho, whose film was the first foreign language film to win best picture at the Academy Awards in 2020 – along with Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. So too has K-Drama (TV drama), including Squid Game and romcom dramas such as Business Proposal.

**Please note that due to the time differences, this talk is pre-recorded.


Dr Minjung E. Lee is an instructor at Korea National University of Cultural Heritage and Seoul National University. She teaches history, aesthetics, and construction of Korean dress and to applies digital reconstruction methods using digital and 3D virtual technology. She was a Visiting Scholar at University of California-Davis researching in the field of Fashion and Cultural Studies from 2015 to 2017. Since 2002, as a costume designer at KBS Arts Vision, she did many costume designing for KBS dramas. She holds an MA in Korean Costume and PhD in Aesthetics in Dress, both from Seoul National University.

Images: Middle Class Korean Dress (A detail of ‘Sugyedogwon’ from the collection of National Folk Museum of Korea); Traditional Mourning Dress (National Folk Museum of Korea)

Top Banner: Detail of Brahma with Attendants and Musicians, from hanging scroll; ink and color on hemp, Joseon Dynasty (Metropolitan Museum New York)


In 2024, the C&TA celebrates our Coral Anniversary: 35 years of supporting the Norfolk Museums Service’s costume and textiles collections.

Come and visit our exhibition at The Forum, Norwich between Sat 13 April – Sunday 21 April 2024 …


Online Programme for Spring / Early Summer 2024

The Costume & Textile Association (C&TA) host regular online events via zoom, in addition to in person events in Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Tuesday 23 January Tartan with Jonathan Faiers, professor of Fashion Thinking at Winchester School of Art, author and co-curator of Tartan exhibition at V&A Dundee

Wednesday 21 February Dressing Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes with Jane Pritchard, curator of Dance, Theatre and Performance at the V&A. 2024 celebrates the 150th birthday of Nicolas Roerich, the 100th anniversary of Leon Bakst and the 111th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring ballet

Tuesday 12 March Jane Austen’s Wardrobe with Dr Hilary Davidson, dress, textile and fashion historian, curator and author



Free Exhibition in The Gallery, The Forum, Norwich Daily 10 am – 4 pm. 13 – 21 April 2024

ONLINE EVENT Saturday 13 April 2 pm Agony & Ecstasy: History of Corsets with Joy Evitt, C&TA (Free, donations welcome)

ONLINE EVENT Sunday 14 April 2pm Spinning a Yarn: Women Spinners in Norfolk’s Medieval Worsted Industry with Jenn Monahan (pre-recorded talk followed by Live Q&A with Jenn)(Pay what you can)

**IN PERSON EVENT @ THE FORUM, NORWICH Monday 15 April 12 noon 35 Years of C&TA Support with Ruth Battersby, senior curator, Norfolk Museums Service (NMS) (Pay what you can)

ONLINE EVENT Thursday 18 April 7 pm Royal Korean Court Dress with Dr Minjung Lee, Korea National University of Cultural Heritage and Seoul National University (Pre-recorded)

ONLINE EVENT Tuesday 16 April 7 pm Double Weave: Modernist Designers Bourne & Allen with Dr Jane Hattrick, co-curator of exhibition at Ditchling Museum


Tuesday 23 April Print Pattern & Narrative with Kate Farley, associate professor in design at Norwich University of the Arts

Tuesday 21 May The Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes: Secrets from a Victorian Woman’s Wardrobe with Dr Kate Strasdin, author and senior lecturer in Cultural Studies at the Fashion and Textiles Institute, Falmouth University

Wednesday 5 June 7 pm Courtly Coral: Red Coral and Coral Motifs at the Chinese Imperial Court with Dr Pippa Lacey, C&TA

Tuesday 23 July 7 pm The Pastons: Clothes Maketh the Man (and Woman) with best selling author Anne O’Brien

August Summer Break

Tuesday 24 September 7 pm Fashion on the Silk Roads with Professor Susan Whitfield, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC)

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The Costume & Textile Association (C&TA)

About us: The Costume & Textile Association (C&TA) is an independent charity seeking to promote the unique costume and textile collection of the Norfolk Museums Service (NMS). ​Norwich is a fine city whose heritage owes much to the textile industry which brought wealth to the city between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries.

The legacy can still be enjoyed today: Norwich is still enriched by the different styles, culture, architecture and language that can be traced back to the ‘Strangers’ who came from the Low Countries to work in the textile industry.

​The Costume and Textile Association (C&TA) is a lively organisation bringing together people who are keen to support and learn more about the history and development of costume and textiles.

​The C&TA works to raise money for the museums service, but is independent of it. Over the last three decades, C&TA members have contributed more than £120,000 to enable the NMS to extend and improve its costume and textile collection.

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We are delighted to announce the C&TA has introduced a new Online Membership in 2023 for those who attend our virtual events – and would like to receive a digital copy of our annual Miscellany journal, join in our members’ monthly online ‘Afternoon Chats’ and more … for the affordable rate of only £15.00 per annum.

If you would like to sign up for Online Membership, please click on the link in blue.

Online members will receive discounted member ticket rates for our virtual events (i.e. not in person events, usually held in Norwich, Norfolk, UK)

We look forward to welcoming you as a C&TA Online member.


Full C&TA membership is for those who also enjoy attending in-person – and online – events, the benefits of visiting Norwich’s remarkable Norfolk Museums Service’s museum collections, plus other locally available discounts.

For Full Membership, please click on the link in blue. Full individual membership is £25.00 per annum (see the C&TA website for other membership types): www.ctacostume.org.uk

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April 18 2024


Date: 18 April
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
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