As Daebak drama is wrapping up, we wanted to revisit how fashion played a part in the developing friendship between Baek Dae Gil (played by Jang Geun Suk) and Yeoning (played by Yeo Jin Goo).
After making friends with Baek Dae Gil, Yeonning started wearing a turquoise colored hanbok when he ventures outside the place. Previously he wore exclusively purple. The purple hanbok is a continuation of the royal purple robe that he wears at court. The turquoise blue is a nod to Dae Gil, who had worn turquoise blue since he came back into society after mountain training. Later, when Yeonning finds out Dae Gil is shares the same bloodline and is line for the throne, their friendship is broken. Yeonning switches out of his turquoise hanbok. It’s as if he’s making a statement that they’re no longer a team. There’s a lot of wardrobe reciprocation between the two brothers. It’s true what they say. People who hang out together all the time start acting and dressing like each other.
Daebak/Jackpot marks Jang Keun Suk’s return to kdramas since 2013. The drama is set in Joseon dynasty, which lasted from the 14th to 19th century. The characters are clothed in traditional hanboks. The first thing that catches people’s eyes about hanboks are their rich colors. However, don’t be fooled. Colors are used to distinguish the economic class the wearer is in. Bright colors indicate the wearer comes from an upper class family. We’re going to take a look at how colors set the stage for Daebak.
In Daebak, Dam Seo (played by Lim Ji Yeon) is a high ranking kisaeng who holds court at the palace. Although kisaengs generally are considered in the same class as slaves, high ranking kisaengs are held in higher respect. That’s why Dam Seo is allowed to wear bright colors.
Yeongjo (played by Yeo Jin Goo) is a prince who acts as a playboy in order to avoid the notice of government officials. He visits gambling halls and entertain women. When he wants to attract attention to his bad boy act, he wears bright colors. However, notice how he wears drab colors when he wants to remain anonymous in the crowd.
Yeongjo acting as playboy.
When he’s in court, he wears purple robe with a gold dragon. Traditionally, only people with royal blood can wear gold colors. Notice the king (played by Choi Min Soo) and Yeongjo wears the same colors. Crown prince does not wear the same colors even though he also wears the gold dragon emblem. We suspect this is a sign of how the plotline will develop in the drama.
Yeongjo in court
Jang Keun Suk plays Gae Dong (translation = dog poop)/Baek Dae Gil (his official name), a carefree gambler who sets out to avenge his father. Growing up, Dae Gil, his father and his grandfather are commoners who cheat/gamble for a living. You see this reflected in their faded drab clothing. When Dae Gil receives his official name, it symbolizes validity to his bloodline and is an important transition. He’s no longer a nobody who goes by Gae Dong. In this scene, he upgrades to a silk hanbok. Although not the same rich colors that we see from Yeongjo, the new hanbok has a nice pastel color that is a big upgrade to the brown, faded hanbok he was wearing. When Dae Gil falls back to slavery, we see him reverting back to faded colors.