Minjee Kim, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a dress historian and lecturer specializing in Korean dress. She was born in Korea and received her BS (1991), MS (1993), and PhD (2000) from Seoul National University. Her doctoral dissertation on the dress history of the Balhae Dynasty (698-926) has been recognized the first significant research of the period, which at the time was the least touched among the history of Korean dress. She worked as a faculty member at Jeonju Kijeon College (1993-1998), a lecturer at Seoul National University (1996-2000). She conducted several projects on the reproduction of the period costumes of the Goguryeo and Balhae dynasty for the Seoul National University Museum, the War Memorial Museum, and the National Folk Museum of Korea.
She moved to the US in 2000 to join the life with her husband who got to work after study. Noticing little international awareness of Korean dress, she has dedicated herself to raising its visibility both in academia and for the general public. She has extensively lectured for a global audience on issues of fashion and identity, cultural appropriation, and cross-fertilization between world fashion and regional dress in Korean context.