1 The evening began with a performance by the National Company for Traditional Dance in the Great Hall.
2 Buchae Chum (the fan dance) is a traditional Korean dance, believe to have originated from shamans performing rituals with large palm leaves.
3 Council General of the Republic of Korea of NY
Young Mok Kim gave the opening remarks.
4 I'm sitting with Sung Andersen, who is on the board of directors at Boston University and is a friend of Gael Towey.
5 Then began the Royal Walk, a display of Korean dress including ceremonial robes, military uniforms, and haute couture.
6 This type of attire is called hanbok, which literally means "Korean clothing." The term tends to be used when specifically referring to clothing of the Joseon Dynasty.
7 Hwarot is a gown worn by royal women for ceremonies or commoners for weddings.
8 Traditional hanbok for women consists of jeogaori, or a blouse, and chima, a long full skirt.
9 Fashion early on during the Joseon dynasty typically consisted or a fitted jeogari and a very full chima.
10 The fabrics looked quite luxurious as many of them were patterned silks or tulles. The full skirts had beautiful movement.
11 Large pleats are also characteristic of this period.
12 Large wigs called gache were worn by women of high society.
13 The way hair was braided or knotted told others of your marital status. Both men and women wore long braids until they marry. Married women roll their hair into a ball shape at the nape of their neck and pinned with a binyeo for decoration.
14 The Royal Walk was quite an artful display.
15 Hye-soon Kim designed the costumes. She is the Director of Korea Costume Science Foundation, as well as Korea's leading Korean Historic Royal Court Costume Designer.
16 The media was in full force throughout the evening.
17 We then moved to the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is an Eqyptian temple and made a beautiful setting for the evening's festivities.
18 Another view of the Temple of Dendur
19 A row of the models wearing ceremonial dress.
20 Bright colors were traditionally reserved for children and royalty, as commoners were restricted to white for daily wear.
21 Gael Towey and husband Stephen Doyle attended with me.
22 I loved the intricate hair braiding.
23 Nayoung Kim stopped to adjust what looks like a heavy wig!
24 Ornate hair picks called dwikkoji decorated the models' hair.
25 One of the first courses was Daeha Jjim(king prawn) and samsek milsam(tricolor wrap pancakes). Delicious!
26 The pattern on this bottle was lovely.
27 And fabulous wine.
28 The dessert table was a work of art.
29 Beautiful flower centerpieces interspersed the food.
30 Some of the bases of the centerpieces were made from naval oranges, which are native to Korea.
31 Dessert was an array of traditional sweets and cookies, called hangwa.
32 Hangwa refers fruits and vegetables that have been preserved with sugar.
33 It also includes sweets made from rice, flour, honey and sesame oil and are often tinted bright colors from natural dyes.
34 Each tower had different textures, colors, and flavors.
35 So colorful!
36 During dinner, models wearing full ceremonial dress from the Royal Walk sat in front of the dessert display.
37 The detail on their headpieces was stunning.
38 They lead us in a toast.
39 Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon gave his remarks during the dinner.
40 He spoke in great detail about his program, Every Woman Every Child.
41 Sitting at my table was Amy H. Lee, one of the last royal princesses. The dynasty she was born into ended in 1910.
42 I also sat with Kim Won-soo, Deputy Chief de Cabinet and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General.