When NK News ventured out to Pyongyang to cover the Day of the Sun celebration in April, one the most obvious changes taking place was the growth of fashion trends among younger North Koreans.
While old-fashioned Soviet and Chinese-style socialist suits can still be seen in central Pyongyang – usually worn by stern older folks – it was clear that younger, wealthier residents of the capital city prefer branded shirts and designer-style jackets.
Most, of course, are still obliged to wear the ubiquitous Kim Il Sung/Kim Jong Il badges, and when asked by NK News most replied that their inspiration came not from the Beijing or Seoul styles they were clearly emulating but from the “system of the DPRK.”
But with rising temperatures and seasonal monsoons setting in, how has Pyongyang residents’ clothing changed with the weather?
In time for North Korea’s Liberation Day, NK News had a chance to venture out to Pyongyang once again, and get a first-hand look at the increased choice available – at least to the DPRK’s wealthier citizens.
Christina Lee and Sophie Lamotte contributed to this report.
Edited by Oliver Hotham
All images credit to NK News