Music plays a huge part in my work. Designing aside, Iâ€™m actually also in a band right now. We have just finished our first album
The band is called Jvlivs Erving. I think thereâ€™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, â€œOh, thatâ€™s Axel Rose, or Tom Waites, or Pusha Tâ€ â€“ but if they were to really dissect each artist more deeply, I think theyâ€™d find a greater relationship to design than just the stagewear.
Iâ€™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 â€“ linear stories just donâ€™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 menâ€™s fashion magazines, more menâ€™s grooming products and more menâ€™s designers. I think weâ€™re seeing a real zeitgeist shift, because of certain political, philosophical, social and cultural issues â€“ like the world being more accepting of the gay community, times are also changing in fashion.
SIKI IMÂ was born in Cologne, Germany. His work is sold worldwide and he is currently Senior Concept Adjunct Professor at the Parsons School of Design.Â