Project Seoul Apparel

Curating and Directing

      2017.9.1 – 2017.11.05

      ‘UK/KOREA 2017-18’ Connected City Joint Project

      A part of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

      Curating and directing

      Co-curator: Isak Chung

      Commissioned by the British Council and the Royal College of Art

      Location: Donuimun Museum Village & Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul, Korea

      Artists: Marie Maisonneuve, Luke Stevens, Seoyeon Cho, Kooyoung Han, Jieun Lee, Jongkwan Paik, Hee Young Jung

Changsin-dong, a district of Seoul city center, has production systems that can make garments at very high speeds to match the fast fashion circulation of ultra-modern Dongdaemun fashion retail district. However, the size of most garment factories in Changsin-dong are small and depend only on minor skilled workers. Changsin-dong is the backbone of Dongdaemun fashion retail district, but it is in decline both in terms of size and quality.

The project was initiated to improve Changsindong’s production method to a comprehensive manageable production system and to propose a better manufacturing environment and sustainable creative operation of ‘unit factories’. This is a spin-off exhibition project which was a collaborative project between the UK and Korea as a part of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Korean and British artists, including architects, urban researchers, fashion designers, and video artists, sought a solution through local governance and international networks. The project focused on the human resources of the garment factories in Changsin-dong and the urban organizational collaboration. The process and results of all the collaborations were shown in the exhibit and left as an archive. They played a role in giving the potential for development of the garment producing industry of Changsin-dong.