Siki Im
/Designer

Siki Im is a fashion designer and currently Senior Concept Adjunct Professor at the Parsons School of Design

Siki Im is a fashion designer and currently Senior Concept Adjunct Professor at the Parsons School of Design

Music plays a huge part in my work. Designing aside, I’m actually also in a band right now. We have just finished our first album

The band is called Jvlivs Erving. I think there’s a natural link between the two art forms. The way I write songs is pretty much identical to how I design my collections. Music is so important to me, it has a big influence on what I do, but not in a linear, direct way. I think most people pick up the obvious signals like, “Oh, that’s Axel Rose, or Tom Waites, or Pusha T” – but if they were to really dissect each artist more deeply, I think they’d find a greater relationship to design than just the stagewear.

I’m influenced by things occurring in the world, reading the news inspires me. My latest show was about the dichotomy between technology and anthropology. Last season, it was more 70s German avant garde, Kraftwerk and the Fluxus Movement – linear stories just don’t interest me.

Men are definitely more aware and open-minded about fashion these days, at least men in the Western Hemisphere. There are more men’s fashion magazines, more men’s grooming products and more men’s designers. I think we’re seeing a real zeitgeist shift, because of certain political, philosophical, social and cultural issues – like the world being more accepting of the gay community, times are also changing in fashion.

SIKI IM was born in Cologne, Germany. His work is sold worldwide and he is currently Senior Concept Adjunct Professor at the Parsons School of Design.