Ladies of LOST: Sun
Next up: Sun.
Needless to say, there will be *SPOILERS* ahead! I would highly recommend NOT reading further if you’re not caught up on the series. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
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Ladies of Lost: Sun
Sun-Hwa Kwon (played to perfection by Yunjin Kim) is one of the most stylish women in the show, but you wouldn’t know it from our first look at her in the Pilot:
We’re led to believe that Sun is a stereotypical, “submissive Asian wife” in the Pilot, and she sure dresses the part. Which is funny considering how lovely, vibrant, feminine, and daring many of her off-island looks are.
Compare her boring beige cardigan to this bright pink dress in Season 1’s “House of the Rising Sun.” Wowza!
The back of this dress – and this entire shot – is absolutely stunning. And it’s a fitting look for the young, (then) Miss Paik, especially when meeting up with her man, Jin:
Get it, girl. Gosh, they’re gorgeous. I almost feel like the pink was chosen to highlight just how much she and Jin literally clash – a luxurious, pink satin dress for the rich daddy’s girl and an ugly red vest for the lowly son of a fisherman. Two different worlds indeed.
In the same episode, we see her in another bright color, pairing an orange top with a pleated white skirt. This is just before she receives a puppy from Jin, and I think she, appropriately, looks very much like a young schoolgirl.
D’awww, Sun + sharpei! I think this look also presents her as very fresh and innocent in comparison to Jin, who is being forced by her father to do some horrible things. (We later learn Sun is not entirely innocent or morally pure, but that’s not a factor here.)
These shots from the Season 1 episode “In Translation” are some of my favorites of Sun in the whole series:
All season we have seen Sun and Jin struggle, watched him berate her for her slutty cardigans and talk down to her, and this is her rebellion. Hot rebellion.
When he runs up to her with a blanket to cover herself, she takes it… and then lets it go:
Goodbye blanket, hello defiant freedom. Such an iconic shot.
Throughout the series, in numerous flashbacks, she sticks to super-feminine prints and florals:
It looks good, Sun! Beautiful dress in Season 3’s “DOC” – she really knows how to wear clothes, and she’s not afraid to takes risks.
Same episode – very put-together when visiting her father’s office.
And still more florals in the Season 4 episode “Ji Yeon.” I personally think this specific look is supposed to be a little part of the fakeout of this episode, which has us thinking the entire time that somehow Jin was alive at racing to be by his pregnant wife’s side, when in reality, he was (presumed) dead.
But have you ever seen a sexier, tougher mourning dress? Gone are the florals and colors and silks, traded instead for structured black and harsh leather. This is a woman changed and in pain.
And still – dang, Sun. Every other new mother has no excuse for dressing like crap when you look like this.
The new, hardened Sun appears again in Season 4’s “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 3” to confront Charles Widmore:
Hair pulled back, simple suit, trenchcoat – she’s all business, and I must say, this scene was a seriously exciting revelation at the time. Sun was now a woman scorned, on a mission of vengeance, and it was awesome to watch. Until they completely wasted the opportunity and turned this complex, layered woman into a character largely in the background who only ever piped up to ask, “Have you seen my husband?”
Speaking of matrimony, we got to see Sun and Jin’s wedding in Season 5’s “The Incident, Part 2” when the mysterious Jacob paid them a visit. Unsurprisingly, she looked gorgeous:
The modern silhouette covered in very traditional lace makes for a pretty accurate representation of Sun. I also really like that she left her hair down, loose and soft. It’s a great complement to the strapless dress.
And here are just a few glimpses of Sideways Sun, the first of which was an absolutely fantastic, cheeky scene that turned the Pilot on its head. In the Season 6 episode “The Package,” Sun once again wears her boring beige cardigan, saucily unbuttoning the top:
She gets even saucier…
DAMN, girl, don’t hurt him! This scene was so fun. I honestly think I squealed. It was just fantastic to see Sun and Jin as playful and flirtatious and genuinely happy, without inhibitions or restrictions.
Too bad they die together 2 episodes later. But hey, at least they didn’t live together and die alone. It is pretty tragically romantic that they lived together, they chose each other, and they died together.
I love this beautiful rendering by Tara McPherson:
R.I.P. Sun & Jin