Since it much-anticipated debut in late March, “Pachinko,” Based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, has captivated viewers with the compelling story of a Korean family spanning four generations. While “Pachinko” is a work of fiction, the Apple TV+ series – like the book – easily weaves historical authenticity into the lives of its fictional characters. In fact, authenticity is the “foundation” of the show, as Soo Hugh, creator, host, writer and executive producer, has often talked about maintaining historical accuracy of Korea during the 1900s. Hugh captured the times through his characters, beautiful sets, lively food, and of course, the clothes.
In just five months, costume designer Kyunghwa Chae has procured all of “Pachinko’s” period garments, about 80% of which are made-to-order. Others were discovered from vintage shops in Japan and France. While Chae has made regular appearances on Korean film sets over the past two decades, “Pachinko” is her first American project, an achievement she doesn’t take lightly. “Since I’m the only Korean on a staff of mostly foreigners, I feel a great responsibility to play my role authentically. [of the show]”Chae told POPSUGAR.
The actor “absolutely fell in love” with the original novel, and after a single meeting with Hugh, she wanted to join the project. Since historical truth was key for Hugh, Chae and her team consulted with historians and professors, and pored over books, photographs, and photo albums of those who lived. in the early years of the 20th century.
Ahead, Chae guides POPSUGAR through tireless studies, the development of hanbok, navigating different time periods in three different countries, etc.