So pretty! Kim Tae Hee is so so pretty in her first glowing official still from the upcoming fusion sageuk Jang Ok Jung. Her veneers are a tad distracting for the time period, but she definitely gives off a lush womanly charm that befits her character – a noblewoman who gains the love of a King and becomes a powerful consort. In this revisionist version of the story of Jang Heebin, she’s written as an aspiring fashion designer and cosmetics maker in Joseon Korea. She will undoubtedly encounter catty competition, both in terms of her fashionista career and in love, since we know King Sukjong had quite his hands full juggling all his women. Sometimes I wonder if the whole gory history of King Sukjong’s reign could have been avoided had he kept his pants on more. Or at least kept his eye from wandering all over the court. The drama is aiming high in terms of costume design since it aligns with the story requirements, and Kim Tae Hee has been brushing off her needle and thread from her college days and learning embroidery for this role. I love the super colorful hanboks on the younger girls, but for a mature woman Kim Tae Hee’s purple overcoat with a black underskirt is pretty much exquisitely perfect. I love the simple embroidery on one shoulder while leaving the rest bare to allow the rich glowing purple color to shine. These stills are made even more enchanting by the cherry blossoms in the background that match her embroidery, while the camera lens focuses on a beaming Jang Ok Jung in the center of the frame. I love the PD for this drama, having helmed My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and A Star’s Lover, while the screenwriter is a big question mark, it’s being adapted by the same writer who wrote the chick lit novel also called Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love that this drama is based on.