Lee Jun-ki and ... the Hanbok in Arang
I have recently noticed that there is not enough Lee Jun-ki-(pretty)ness on this blog. Just because Arang is over doesn't mean it (and thereby, he) shouldn't receive equal treatment. Meaning: if Lee Min-ho gets to show off his clothes in Faith on here, then Lee Jun-ki must get the same chance for his drama.
* I am sorry, but I really can't do a Jun-ki hair thread ... if there is one thing (and it's the only thing) I don't like about Jun-ki, then it's his hair in most of his dramas and movies.
Arang and the Magistrate was visually beautiful also or probably even mostly because of the colorful Hanbok that they used for costumes. As this is one of the best planned and most tightly written shows I've seen in a long time, I'm pretty sure some or even a lot of thought also went into the colors of the costumes. Let me try and second-guess the costume designers. And because this show cannot be reduced to Lee Jun-ki, I will look at the Hanbok worn by him, by Arang, and by Joo-wal.
ArangWe first meet Arang as a ghost with no memory, who has been wearing the same tattered dress for three years. It's a (formerly) white and pink Hanbok. She also wears trousers with colorful stripes; I wouldn't mind owning a pair of those, actually. She asks Eun-oh to give her new clothes to go 'see' her former fiance, and he complies, since he wants to help her regain her memory (because he believes that's the key to finding his mother). Yeah. What follow is "the measuring scene" ...*swoon*.
The new clothes turn the dishevelled ghost into a woman ghost (gulp moment for poor Eun-soo) and it's her first step on the road to redemption. Unfortunately, the prettiness doesn't last ... she is attacked by a band of ghosts almost immediately after putting on the new dress and before being able to 'meet' her former fiance. Poor Arang: She doesn't own anything but this dress, and it is taken from her so quickly.
|The Dress she is killed in the first time she is reborn|
|The Dress she falls off the cliff in|
|The Dress she gets her neck slashed in|
|The Dress she gets stabbed by Evil Mom in|
Initially, we get to know Eun-oh in a light and dark blue Hanbok, which he is wearing for the first four episodes. It's a beautiful blue-on-blue combination, but I did start to wonder why this nobleman didn't have any other clothes ... It is the set of clothes that are the most flashy and bright, and I think he is wearing them until he starts changing as a person with no heart to a person with a lot of heart.
Thereafter, we often see him in his white undergarments. These scenes are the ones where he is the most vulnerable, because he is stripped bare of his protective layers, and the signs of his nobility. And death is always present - for both of them live on borrowed time.
In stark contrast to Eun-oh, Joo-wal’s hanbok are of vibrant, strong colors. He’s the young master from a respectable family and this is how yangban show off their status. He almost only wears complementary (clashing) colors: green and orange, purple and yellow, mint and pink, etc. Outward, this is the image of a confident, flashy, and arrogant person. However, the loud and 'clashing' colors can also be seen as a symbol for a torn personality with no inner harmony.