With his signature sculpture dress in white Johan Ku is a force to be reckoned with. Born in Taipei, Taiwan Ku began as a graphic designer when he was only 17 years old. Since then he has gone on to get a masters in fashion and textile design, move to London where his studio is based, and win a series of awards for his designs and style.
In an interview conducted by notjustanotherlabel.com extracted these great insights into Ku’s philosophy on fashion and life:
NOTHING INSPIRES KU LIKE… Interesting textiles or yarns. He often get inspired by new materials. It’s not only an important element of his design process, but also a starting point for Ku’s collection.
KU HOPEs… He can live on an isolated island with only someone whom he loves.
CULTURAL INFLUENCES… Can affect people’s minds imperceptibly. They also represent where and who we are in the world.
KU GOT WHERE HE IS… Thanks to Ku’s commitment to hard work. Also, the support from friends and family can be the best encouragement in such a competitive industry.
FASHION CAN SOMETIMES… Can make Ku feel bored and superficial, on the other hand, it can sometimes impress him in a very positive way.
MONEY MAKES… Many things possible and often makes many things complicated. We cannot live without money, but it would be really sorrowful if we lived only for it.
CREATIVITY COMES FROM… Studying in a certain field for a very long time. It comes from rational development rather than a mythical emotion.
KU HAS NEVER… Taken any kind of drugs in his life, and Ku am not a smoker either. He doesn’t want to do anything that could damage his health, no matter how exciting it may seem.
His most recent collection Emotional Structure won the Avant-Garde Award of Gen Art Style last year. And with the chilly months swiftly approaching us I cannot help but imagine that I am lounging by my ridiculously large fireplace with a martini draped in one of these goddess gowns.
Reminder: The Cutting Edge Artist Talk is this Friday (October 8th) at 7:30pm. We have 8 artists lined up and the curator Joetta Maue will be present. For more information please refer to our website. We hope to see you there.