Fashion in K-dramas is always a good mix, and sometimes it makes for more fun watching when we see the characters all dressed up in designer clothes and trendy styles that often go viral in an instant. But some dramas take it to a whole new level by spinning the plot around the fashion industry, allowing viewers to get a glimpse of what’s going on in this exciting world through stories of romance, fantasy or thriller. In no particular order, here are six K-dramas that show how fashion works in action:
1. “Youth Record”
If you want to know a bit more about how the modeling industry in Korea works, then this drama is for you. Most young Koreans who aspire to become models go through many hardships, as this drama shows, such as intense training, intense public scrutiny, high beauty standards, and the struggle to become relevant in a fiercely competitive industry. In South Korea, “successful” models are often considered idols and superstars, just like Sa Hye Joon (Park Bo Gum) and Won Hae Hyo (played by real-life model Byun Woo Seok). The sad thing is that no matter how successful some models are on the catwalks, they still have financial difficulties in reality. This drama also shows the real situation of Korean models aiming to further their careers by switching to acting. It depicts Hye Joon’s journey on his rise to fame when he has to decide whether or not he will sacrifice his friendship, love, and family to achieve his dream.
2. “Now we break up”
Speaking of Park Bo Gum, this upcoming drama features her former leading lady, Song Hye Kyo, who plays Ha Young Eun, a talented designer who holds a high position in a fashion company where she struggles to make decisions for herself. -even and his happiness while sailing. forces around it. In this drama, you’ll see how the fashion cycle unfolds behind the scenes: from design from scratch, to sourcing and production, to launching new collections, to marketing, and all the way to sale in store. Of course, this all happens while love blossoms between Ha Young Eun and a fashion photographer named Yoon Jae Guk (played by fellow model-turned-actor Jang Ki Young). You’ll see the characters interact at fashion events, shoots, and offices while wearing stylish outfits themselves!
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Another K-drama that shows the inner workings of the Korean modeling industry is “Fragrance,” where Min Jae Hee (Ha Jae Sook), a middle-aged woman who lost herself by sacrificing everything for her husband and wife. daughter, gets another chance at life through a mysterious scent that transforms her into her former, more beautiful self (played by Go Won Hee). On the surface, this drama depicts the superficial side of fashion where beauty is often celebrated, but as the drama continues, it shows how true personality and true love prevail beneath it all. This begs the question, is it her beautiful form that captured Seo Yi Do’s (Shin Sung Rok) heart, or is it her pure heart that shines through?
Start watching “Perfume”:
4. “She was pretty”
Another transformation drama set in the glitz and glamor of the fashion magazine industry is “She Was Pretty.” Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) is a hardworking and talented editor who tries to overcome her insecurities after meeting her childhood sweetheart (played by Park Seo Joon), who becomes the manager of her company. The drama shows plenty of behind-the-scenes action curating fashion collections and stories for a magazine. It shows another side of fashion where magazines work hard and offer a discerning eye to present only the best styles to readers. Along the way, Hye Jin regains her confidence and learns to love herself and all her imperfections first before coming out of hiding and loving someone else.
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5. “Fashion King”
Of course, a drama with a title like this is bound to be on the list. But “Fashion King” also covers everything that makes viewers cringe when it comes to K-dramas: a beautiful damsel in distress and two handsome suitors, all in the competitive world of fashion. The drama stars Yoo Ah In, whose character starts from the bottom as a clothes salesman in Dongdaemun and ends up being inspired by a talented budding designer (played by Shin Se Kyung). Things get complicated when they get mixed up with a wealthy and dashing businessman in the fashion of a chaebol family (played by Lee Je Hoon) whose ex-girlfriend (played by Girls’ Generation’s Yuri) also works in the same industry. It’s a star-studded cast with plenty of drama as each character pursues their dreams – and their hearts!
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6. “Baby-faced beauty”
This drama not only tackles the unglamorous side of fashion (the fabric factory), but it also deals with the negative aspect of ageism in the industry where people are hired based on their young age. Jang Nara plays Lee So Young, a fabric factory worker who fakes her age to take her sister’s place at a big fashion company as a designer. She stands out with her unique skills and knowledge of fabrics, and with a beautiful “babyface”, she attracts the attention of the company president (played by Ryu Jin) and the marketing manager (played by Choi Daniel) who ignore both his true age. This one is a classic not to be missed!
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Hi Soompiers! Which of these K-dramas have you watched and liked? What other fashion K-dramas can you recommend? Let us know in the comments below!
DianeP_Kim is an English magazine and online publisher based in South Korea. She is the author of a K-pop style book published by Skyhorse Publications, New York, including her second book, “BTS Bible”. Check it out on Amazon, follow her on Instagram @dianne_panda and subscribe to her YouTube channel on iwonderkorea.
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