The loose hanbok-style outfit donned by director Kim Ki-duk when he won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival cost W2 million, and his worn-out shoes are from a designer brand (US$1=W1,130).
There were mutterings in the Korean press that Kim had seemed to make little effort for the event, but it seems his fashion sense is merely ahead of the times.
The hanbok is from a shop in Insa-dong that specializes in natural fabrics. "Kim bought a hemp top and cotton pants about two weeks ago saying he was going to attend a film festival," a staffer at the shop told the Chosun Ilbo. "The entire outfit costs a little more than W2 million, with the top priced at W1.5 million and the pants around W700,000. We originally made the outfit for women, but the large size has made it popular with men too."
The stylishly worn-looking shoes were from Spanish brand Camper. "The shoes come from our 2010 Falll/Winter collection and costs W328,000 a pair," a staffer at Camper told the Chosun Ilbo. "They're actually made to be worn like slippers and many people mistake them for being worn down, but Kim knew exactly how to wear them."