Fans of Asian historical romances are probably aware that white is not worn for traditional weddings. The color of white serves another purpose. It could symbolize a leading lady's pure heart and spirit, or her unique standing among an ensemble of colorful characters. The actresses presented here, such as IU in Scarlet Heart: RyeoAngelababy in General and I, all look striking in a silky white gown. Which one is your favorite? 

You may also be aware that white is the color used in funerals, too. However, there is a distinction between wearing a plain, unadorned and unbleached white for the sorrowful occasion, in contrast to the silky, luxuriant white costumes that are enhanced with beautiful embroidery.

1. IU, as Hae Soo, in an iconic, romantic scene from Scarlet Heart: Ryeo:

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Scarlet Heart: Ryeo

Starring Lee Joon Ki and Lee Ji Eun (IU)

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2. Angelababy, as a female military strategist who can command an army, in General and I:

Her character Bai Ping Ting's surname, Bai, also means 'white' in Chinese.

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General and I - 孤芳不自赏

Starring Angela Yeung (Angelababy) and Wallace Chung

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3. Liu Shi Shi (Cecilia Liu), in doctor white in Imperial Doctress, about a female physician during a time when women were barred from elite professions.

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Imperial Doctress

Starring Cecilia Liu and Wallace Huo

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4. Liu Tao, as a fearless warrior princess who is waiting for her fiance's return in Nirvana in Fire. Yet, she didn't recognize him when she stood side by side next to him.

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Nirvana in Fire - 琅琊榜

Starring Hu Ge and Liu Tao

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5. Kim So Hyun, as a young queen who did not bow to threat in Goblin

Her tragic death and reincarnation is one of the most affecting themes in the drama.

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Goblin: The Lonely and Great God

Starring Gong Yoo and Kim Go Eun

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6. Yang Mi gets to try three lives to unite with her forever love in the fantasy romance of Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms:

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Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (aka Eternal Love) - 三生三世十里桃花

Starring Yang Mi and Mark Chao

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All of them look fabulous, but if you had to choose, which actress looks the best in her silky white costume?

Who else would you add to the list?

(Do you ever wonder about the magical washing machine they used in the past? I'd want one.)

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