Renowned hanbok designer Lee Young-hee died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 82. 

Lee’s daughter, Lee Jung-woo, told Seoul-based Yonhap News that her mother was hospitalized last month due to pneumonia and her condition had worsened since. 

Born in Daegu in 1936, Lee became a designer of the traditional Korean attire at the relatively late age of 40 after having lived as a housewife. 

Having received no official education in fashion design, Lee drew worldwide attention when she became the first South Korean to take part in the Pret-a-Porter Paris fashion shows in 1993. 

She again caught the attention of the public when her grandson married famous Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun in 2012.

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