Pattern Puzzle: Bonkuk Koo

Alternative title: Pattern puzzle: the pinning and praying edition, but not praying because you’re pinning but pinning because you’re praying. Oh bother, that makes no sense either, it’s just not this.

Sandra posted about Bonkuk Koo in the forum; his work is formidable. If one were tempted to enter fashion thinking it didn’t involve math, these series of photos will surely dissuade any such notion. First the design is plotted on fabric and the pattern lines sewn (not shown). Then he begins applying the various layers of fabric to become a pattern configuration well known to quilters:



I want to know what kind of pins he’s using. They’re extra long. I’ll bet they’re special in other ways too.

Other than winning a prestigious International Design Award, I don’t find much about his work online beyond a mention that he’s teamed up with a colleague (Katherine Elliot) to launch a line called Pa.Fa.. Style Skilling says he’s originally from Seoul and attended FIT. He started working at Chado Ralph Rucci in 2008. This entry provides more detail of the dress above (most definitely worth a click!) which was inspired by the wrapping of an Egyptian mummy at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I have to go now to ooh and aah over at Style Skilling, a new to me site. Enjoy!

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  1. Kathleen says:

    Hey, be nice. He just friended me on Facebook.
    I wonder if he knows Timo?

    I think it would look more like a pumpkin.

  2. Bonkuk Koo says:

    Haha. I definitely agree. it would have been better with a tomato pin cushion. For those who care to share your takes on my designing process and thoughs behind it, next time i will gvie more thoughts on my choice of a pin cushion.

  3. Lisa Bloodgood says:

    Oh my gosh! His stuff is so beautiful and wonderful! I wish I had a good enough table to do that on, but the reason I don’t do quilts is that not only do I have to cut out all those small pieces, I have to sew them together, too.

  4. Sandra B says:

    I’m so glad this has got the exposure it deserves. Can we hold this up as an ideal for “Slow Fashion” to aspire to?

  5. Bonkuk Koo says:

    Hi. Kathleen. Here is the answer. I used extra thin pins bcuz it makes less damage on the fabric. we call “Silk Pin” I brought from Korea. I tried to find in U.S. but I couldn’t find it.

  6. Kathleen says:

    Koojaseong: I was flattered and pleased that your son posted to this entry but I am humbled that you did. What he has become also says much about you. Here we say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. I hope my meaning is clear, you have every reason to be proud of him. Thank you for coming.

  7. /anne... says:

    Kathleen, I think the pins used to display butterflies (yes, I know – erk!) are very long, fine and rustproof with fine heads. This would be a much better use of the pins!

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