Just like Allison Matthews David, I felt that Siki Im was a speaker with a refreshing point of view. What was most interesting for me about Im’s talk was how he let us all into his thought process as a designer. He did not just present his clothes without any background information. In this lecture he guided us through what inspires him and how that leads to what fabric and shapes he uses to develop his final garments. It is rare to get to see into a designers thought process in this way.
In another post I made a few weeks ago I was thinking about a topic that we discussed in one of our recitations. The question was who can be called a fashion designer and do you have to have a fashion education to be one. Both Telfar Clemens or Siki Im did not study fashion at school.
Im studied architecture but, in my opinion, is a creative and technically skilled fashion designers. He seems to understand how clothes work, for example like the blazer he designed that would in some way mold to the persons body because of the fabrics he used to make it.
I think this understanding comes from a point that he mentioned himself in the lecture “ Architecture is not only about buildings, it is also about space. And the same goes for fashion”. He seemed to have researched a lot into the idea of space from many different directions, from Merce Cunningham to Einstein. These studies onto space and how we live within that space have helped him understand how garments work as well.
In my work as a fashion design student the idea of “the space between the garment and the body” is something I work with a lot. How does the garment change the proportions of your body? Are the clothes oversized in some parts and make a shield for the body? is the garment skin tight in some areas and exposing.
My mother is an architect as well and I think that a lot of my inspiration and interest in space has come from conversations with her throughout the years.
Photo: My own project – A Knit Dress with a rubber tube that pushes the knits away from the body in certain places to create a space between the garment and the body