Posted by Susan-Han Thursday, April 29, 2021

Hanbok designer Kim Rieul releases official statement regarding the cancelled auction of hanbok suit worn by BTS's Jimin


Back on April 29, hanbok designer Kim Rieul released an official statement to address the cancelled auction of a hanbok suit, worn by BTS's Jimin.

The designer began, "As a result of HYBE's request for the cancellation of the auction, as well as various other factors including the protests of some malicious fans, I have decided to pull the piece out of the auction."

He added on:

"As a citizen of the Republic of Korea, I am someone who felt great pride witnessing BTS making our country known throughout the world.

Additionally, as a designer for the past 6 years, I have created over 300 pieces of hanbok, for anyone who wished to represent Korea, whether they were famous or not; I made each piece paying for all of the costs out of my own pocket, not receiving any payments in return.

I wanted to participate in the recent auction as recently, the Chinese have been arguing that hanbok belonged to them, and around the same time, one of Korea's most representative fine art auctions, My Art Auction, provided me with a good opportunity; and so I hoped that this event would be meaningful in more ways than just the simple act of auctioning hanbok.

Unfortunately, the auction has been cancelled this time; however, I promise to continue greeting you all with good hanbok designs in the future."

Previously, some fans criticized designer Kim Rieul as well as those behind My Art Auction for marketing the auction of the hanbok suit, worn by BTS's Jimin, as "unwashed" with the "stains still there".

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zephyrbreeze527 pts Thursday, April 29, 2021 6
Thursday, April 29, 2021

This man is the definition of an exploiter. The hanbok would have sold just for the beauty of the design, and the fact that Jimin wore it. To advertise it as unwashed was the height of exploitation. It also could have cause Jimin further distress on top of what he already deals with from " fans", antis, stalkers and like. He had no reason to do what he did other than for personal gain.


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BTSBarbi941 pts Thursday, April 29, 2021 9
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Not one item, about apologizing for offering it unwashed, as quoted by him, himself. So what it’s out of pocket. What you said, was disgusting. Akin to selling someone’s stolen underthings, it’s about consent. Hybe sue yo ass, and laying it on MALICIOUS FANS!? Not at all sorry, are you? Several squares on the “I’m not really sorry” bingo game... 🤡


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