Kim Jeong Suk, wife of President Moon Jae-in, and the First Lady of South Korea visited the United States with her husband in late June. Her clothing and fashion sense clearly showed her respect towards the citizens and representatives of other countries including the U.S.
Kim’s blue jacket that she wore on the first day was a simple yet elegant show of her style. Blue meant ‘new start’ which very aptly related to the situation of the first summit after President Moon and President Trump’s inauguration. It also represented ‘peace’, ‘trust’, ‘success’, and ‘hope’, which are mutual goals of the two nations.
On the same day, she changed into a black jacket when visiting the Jang Jin-ho memorial statue. Black here symbolized “memorial.” The Jang Jin-ho Monument was built to remember the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, which occurred from 27 November – 13 December 1950. She wore the same white dress she wore inside her blue jacket, however it clearly showed her respect toward both the monument and the battle itself.
She also revealed many Korean traditions including the hanbok. Her shoes were inspired by buseon, traditional socks that have the toes part pointing up. In the welcoming ceremony, she wore a hanbok that was made out of fabric that her mother had gifted for her marriage.
Including the United States or public economic places, First Lady Kim Jeong Suk wore casual yet elegant clothings. During the remembrance week of the Sewol ferry tragedy, she wore the yellow ribbon pin, which represented the support for students from Jae-won High School. Along with her black jacket, she was able to show respect towards the ones lost.
When she went to Alzheimer’s disease center for seniors, she wore a blouse with wagtail, a bird to honor seniors and the elderly.
Her casual styles earned the trust and patience of the citizens. Her color choices were mostly calm unicolors.
Her styles were also known as “Foreign Fashion” or “Diplomacy Fashion,” which helped the foreign relations between countries.
The First Lady’s styles were inspired by her sister, who is a fashion designer at FIT and her diplomatic fashion will continue throughout her public life.