A special event was organized by the Ambassadors’ Spouses Association in Seoul (ASAS) and the Australia New Zeland Association (ANZA) in order to honor the designs of Dr. Key-Sook Geum and to meet the flag bearer girls as they volunteered at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics last winter. The idea came from Gourmet Club ladies where some of the ASAS and ANZA ladies happen to be members.
ASAS members, especially Mrs. Konul Teymurova (spouse of the ambassador of Azerbaijan and chairperson of ASAS), put their efforts to make this event happen together with ANZA President Jemima Batt Andersson in a short period of time.
International Olympics Committee supported this meaningful event by giving them a chance to have a closer look to at five of the dresses that flag bearer girls wore during the opening ceremony.
ASAS introduced girls certificate of appreciation in honor of their dedication at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. A total of 14 ASAS members attended the event (namely the spouses of the ambassadors in Seoul of Uzbekistan, Belarus, Morocco, Algeria, Romania, EU, Peru, Cote D'Ivoire, Japan, Mongolia, Ukraine, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Australia).
In her speech at the meeting, Mrs. Teymurova congratulated the Korean government and people on achieving this big project with a great success and on winning the 7th place in the medal ranking. She also thanked Dr. Geum in creating great art that everybody came for to see today.
Dr. Geum received her Ph.D. in Textiles from Ewha Womans University in Seoul in 1988. Since receiving her doctorate, Keysook has exhibited widely throughout Seoul. The artist has also shown her work in a diverse array of cities abroad including, New Orleans, Tokyo, Chicago, St. Petersburg, and Beijing.
Dr. Guem lives and works in Seoul, where she serves as a professor in the Department of Textile Art and Fashion Design at Hongik University. The artist has also served as the president of the Korean Society of Costume since 2007.
She creates intricate wire garment sculptures by twisting, cutting and bending iron wire into delicate forms, she was invited by the International Olympic Committee to design the exquisite Olympic dresses for the 2018 winter games in this fashion.