Blackpink headline Coachella in Korean hanboks Lalrp

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Bringing the second day of this yr’s Coachella to an in depth, Okay-Pop woman group Blackpink made historical past Saturday evening once they turned the primary Asian act to ever headline the pageant. To a crowd of, reportedly, over 125,000 individuals, Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa and Rosé used the ground-breaking second to pay homage to Korean heritage by arriving onstage in hanboks: a conventional kind of gown.

Whereas the clothes had been shrugged off a couple of seconds into their opening observe, “Pink Venom,” revealing every member’s customized black and pink Dolce and Gabbana outfit, followers internationally had already obtained the message. Screenshots of the second shortly unfold amongst Blackpink superfans, in any other case referred to as Blinks. “The way in which they stepped onto the most important western stage in hanboks … actually proved their place on the high of the trade,” tweeted one Blink. “Blackpink actually are in a league of their very own.”
Designed by OUWR and Kumdanje, the hanboks were inspired by the Cheol-lik silhouette.

Designed by OUWR and Kumdanje, the hanboks had been impressed by the Cheol-lik silhouette. Credit score: Kumdanje/OUW

One other referred to as the group “Korea’s cultural delegation” on Instagram, in reference to not solely the hanboks however different visible cues included into their present, comparable to one of many stage backdrops that includes an angular tiled roof harking back to conventional Korean structure.

Lately, Blackpink have loved a meteoric rise to world fame. In response to Guinness World Records, they’re at present probably the most streamed feminine group on Spotify, and have the most-viewed music YouTube channel. Final yr, they had been the primary feminine Okay-Pop group to achieve no 1 within the UK and US album charts, and in 2020 their observe “How You Like That” turned probably the most seen video on YouTube in 24 hours. (The group additionally wore modernized hanboks, designed by Kim Danha, in one of many music video’s scenes.) Their landmark set over the weekend was in reality a follow-up to a different milestone: In 2019, they turned the primary feminine Okay-Pop group to ever play at Coachella or every other US pageant.

From the enduring Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra worn by Madonna for her 1990 Blond Ambition tour to Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell’s Union Jack mini gown, the precise stage costume can dwell on ceaselessly in public reminiscence. Significantly when worn at a career-defining second. Throughout one other watershed Coachella efficiency — Beyonce’s 2018 headline set — the singer’s customized Balmain collegiate-style yellow hoodie was a joyful nod to Black tradition, particularly traditionally Black colleagues and universities.

The group’s 4 black hanboks had been customized created by South Korean sample design model OUWR and conventional Korean dressmakers Kumdanje. Impressed by the Cheol-lik silhouette, every garment was hand-embroidered with metallic conventional Korean motifs, together with dan-cheong patterns and peonies (an emblem of royalty in Korea). “It was our pleasure and such an honor to have the ability to present the attractive values of Korea and Hanbok collectively,” the designers wrote in a mixed Instagram put up. “Blackpink confirmed the great thing about Korea and dazzled the world.”
The stage design was another acknowledgement of Korean heritage.

The stage design was one other acknowledgement of Korean heritage. Credit score: Frazer Harrison/Getty Photos

In Korea, hanboks are nonetheless worn for particular events and sometimes seen on TV dramas. Many designers within the nation have additionally created modern takes which can be included into on a regular basis put on. At Seoul Style Week, JULYCOLUMN’s Fall-Winter 2023 assortment drew on the hanbok’s voluminous silhouette to create shirts and structured jackets. Final September, Korean label BlueTamburin introduced the garment to a Western viewers by completely utilizing conventional hanbok cloth to create its Spring-Summer time 2023 assortment at Milan Style Week.

Whether or not you are a faithful Blink or not, the seems to be marked a second of Asian visibility, recognition of conventional craftsmanship and a strong instance of feeling seen by means of trend — representing Korean tradition and symbolically embracing each its previous and future.

On the finish of their efficiency, and having addressed the viewers between numbers in English all through their two-hour-long efficiency, Blackpink completed their set in Korean: “Till now, it has been Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rosé Blackpink. Thanks.”

Prime picture: Blackpink performing on the first weekend of Coachella 2023, shortly after eradicating their hanboks.