imperfect human

What I was particularly struck after Siki Im’s lecture was his acceptance of humanism as imperfect and his literal translation of that fact on the runway. In the lecture Siki said, “Honesty is human and it’s not perfect.” Though a widely embraced truth, the fashion system would seem to be one of the last industries to embrace the imperfections on the human experience enough to portray that theme on the runway. Anti-aging and thinness-enhancing products are all a consequence on the human being’s imperfection and it seems the fashion system is doing everything in its power to slow down the inevitably face pace and make a quick dollar off its certainty.

Afterward, Siki disclosed that the male models were intentionally styled to appear as if they had gotten dressed rather haphazardly and quickly because that’s the reality of someone’s every day life when one is running from obligation to obligation and perhaps doe not have the time to carefully craft a fashion ensemble together.  On his runway, certain looks seemed unfinished and slapshot. I noticed a few pieces with zippers unzipped – communicating a lack of careful completion and methodical dress practice.

For an emotional reason, I really treasured when Siki discussed the authenticity of imperfect human experiences. I love the unconsciousScreen Shot 2015-04-24 at 10.49.53 PM moments of our every day lives like when we’re frantically get dresses too quickly. I respect how he transitioned that mundane unspoken moment of the every day to the visible runway of NYFW.

One response to “imperfect human

  1. Colin,
    After reading your post, I am reminded of a question that Colleen asked on one of my posts: “What makes an honest designer or honest design?” When trying to answer that question for myself, I thought of integrity, morals, virtue and ethics. I thought about design purpose and the messages that designers are trying to send through their designs. Design with purpose– conveying messages that make the viewers (and wearers) stop and think. There are so many issues designers can address (gender norms, politics, status, love and hate, sustainability, etc…). We’ve heard many of designers speak about these issues through their clothes. It takes an honest designer to do this, someone who is willing to say “This is who I am, this is what I think. Here it is. You can see it. Hell, you can put it on your body.”
    Anyway, that’s sort of how I approached honesty in terms of design.

    I also wanted to say how this relates very heavily to your Interpreting Fashion proposal concerning brides and perfection. Maybe you can tie it in!

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