Fashion in North Korea
In every corner of the earth, women love to look beautiful and keep up with the latest fashion trends. The women of North Korea are no different. Fashion is taken seriously here. But in North Korea, women do not read Elle or Vogue; they just glimpse a few styles by watching TV or by observing the few foreigners who come to visit. In the hermit kingdom, clothing also reflects social status. If you have foreign clothes it means you travel and are consequently close to the centralized power. Chinese products have inundated the country, adding some color to the traditional outfits that were made of vynalon fiber. But citizens beware, too much style means you’re forgetting the North Korean juche, the ethos of self-reliance that the country is founded on! But the youth tend to neglect it despite the potential consequences.
Photo shows: Sometimes the Dear Leaders badges are pinned over brand names like on this fake Pierre Cardin pictured on the right. My fashion magazines were confiscated at the airport by the police.
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