With the emerging popularity of Kpop, the artists make good use of the chance to promote the Korean culture more. For example, Kpop girl group, Brave Girls, appeared in modern hanbok and received an award at the 2021 Autumn Hanbok Culture Week. Meanwhile, other Kpop idols show their Korean heritage by featuring traditional Korean fashion in their MVs.
Here Are 12+ Kpop MVs that Feature Traditional Korean Fashion
1. ‘Peaches’ by Kai
Combining traditional Korean hanbok fashion, modern streetwear, and pirate vibes, Kai’s solo MV ‘Peaches’ MV showcases all the best fashion offers. The mix of the music and architecture in the set is the perfection of Kai’s melodious fine voice.
2. ‘Cheer Up’ by TWICE
TWICE showcases various fashion versatility in ‘Cheer Up,’ from modern to vintage. However, Dahyun successfully captivates ONCE and Kpop fans worldwide with her red-and-white floral hanbok. She also has her hair pulled back in a traditional style to elevate the look. The attention to detail, including the appropriate accessories, is remarkable.
3. ‘LUNA’ by ONEUS
The Kpop boy group, ONEUS, is known to showcase traditional Korean fashion in several MVs. Though, the most favorite traditional Korean-inspired style is from ‘LUNA’ MV. Not only are the fashion stunning, but the music and architecture make us enjoy the Korean vibes throughout the video.
4. ‘HWAA’ by (G)I-DLE
The Kpop girl group (G)I-DLE features many traditional Korean fashion elements in their ‘HWAA’ MV. Watch for the tasseled norigae worn at the girls’ waists. Also, the glittery blue parasol in the MV pays homage to traditional Korean styles. Besides, Miyeon’s beaded headpiece reminisces pins worn with hanbok.
5. ‘Shangri-La’ by VIXX
Featuring folding fan and gayageum (a traditional Korean instrument) in ‘Shangri-La’ MV, VIXX has proven that they are worth the title of ‘Concept Kings.’ The music video is initially inspired by the tale of ‘Do Won Kyung,’ or the Peach Blossom Land, with a slightly different twist.
6. ‘Arario’ by Topp Dogg
The title ‘Arario’ comes from the lyrics of a famous Korean folk song, ‘Arirang.’ In the music video, Topp Dogg combines both traditional and contemporary elements of Korea. Not only embracing the traditional Korean fashion but also featuring some traditional cultural references, including the gayageum and janggu, lion dance, and pungmul.
7. ‘Back Door’ and ‘Thunderous’ by Stray Kids
Stray Kids is the masterclass blending traditional Korean fashion with modern pieces to create a more luxurious look.
Embracing patterns and embroidery inspired by hanbok and layering the jeogori or jacket over a simple t-shirt and trousers in ‘Back Door,’ the Kpop boy group state that traditional fashion still has a place in modern times.
Meanwhile, Stray Kids diligently combine Korean art and architecture with their modern vibes in the chart-topping track, ‘Thunderous.’ And when they wear traditional Korean hanbok in the MV, they don’t look less gorgeous.
8. ‘Goblin (Favorite Boys)’ A.C.E
A.C.E has always been proud of their Korean heritage. They have made many photoshoots and comebacks with traditional and contemporary Korean culture. In ‘Goblin (Favorite Boys)’ MV, the quintet combines the traditional Korean hanbok with modern pieces like necklaces and chokers.
9. ‘Daechwita’ by Agust D
The title ‘Daechwita’ shows the concept of the music video. ‘Daechwita’ is traditional South Korean military music played by the military band with wind and percussion instrument combinations like nabal, aepyeongso, and yonggo. In addition, Agust D includes detailed traditional Korean culture in the MV, including the fashion and setting.
10. ‘Tiger Inside’ by Super M
The titans of SM Entertainment, Super M, showcase the modernized version of the Korean hanbok fashion in ‘Tiger Inside’ MV. The gold and black accents on their outfits give them an added vibe of regality.
11. ‘How You Like That’ by BLACKPINK
The list of Kpop MVs that Feature Traditional Korean Fashion won’t be complete without mentioning the looks from BLACKPINK ‘How You Like That’ MV. The cropped modernized hanbok with the detailed beading, embroidery, and tassels make these pieces special.
12. ‘IDOL’ by BTS
The looks from BTS ‘IDOL’ music video make waves worldwide. The septet wears the traditional Korean hanbok fashion for the perfect done-undone look. Not only in the MV, but the septet also flawlessly performed ‘IDOL’ with the traditional Korean fashion at the Gyeongbokgung Palace during BTS Week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
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