Top fashion designers reveal their favorite music
The sounds of the studio
Music and design go together like peanut butter and jelly. Some of the most provocative fashion staples in history have had equally inspiring music stitched into the creation of their work. What do your favorite designers queue up on their Spotify while in the studio? Initially reported by Nylon, here is a list of all the designer playlists to spark your own ideas.
The Blonds NYC:
"Our favorite type of music is the late '70s and early '80s because that period of fashion is also what informs the DNA of our brand. The Blonds are a clash of hard-edged glamour versus the freedom and creativity of nightlife with a punk edge," the brand explained. Studio playlists include legends such as Madonna, Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Donna Summer, Cher, Talking Heads, and Elton John.
LIE's Chung Chung Lee:
"I usually listen to original soundtracks when I am working on a collection. Humming melodies and tapping my feet to the beat helps me to remember particular scenes from the movies that I loved. It also brings back memories," Lee said. The most frequent album that inspires is the soundtrack to 'La La Land.'
"Glenn Gould’s 1955 recording of Bach’s 'The Goldberg Variations' does it for me every time. What I love about this recording is that, whilst typical of Baroque music, it calms the mind into a slightly meditative state; the virtuosity of the composer and the performer astound and thrill," Walker said.
Hardeman's Sophie Hardeman:
"Music has always played a great influence in my life. I listen to all sorts of music from classic andmetal to punk. Eviscerating and empathic in equal measure, these songs—like Nina Hagen's "Unbeschreiblich Weiblich," X-Ray Spex's “Identity,” and Raw Sewage's "Walk This Way"—challenge the system's boundaries and binaries; they're anthems that have manifested into my designs as well," Hardeman explained.
"For our FW18 presentation, we assembled a soundtrack of Madonna, George Michael, Deee-Lite, and Janet Jackson that perfectly complemented the collection. I’m always inspired by my environment, so what I’m listening to will always feed into that as well," Kim said.
LIBERTINE's Johnson Hartig
"I usually find that a mix works best for me; everything from Puccini, Felt, Steven Reich, Miles Davis, to The Cramps all mixed up. It keeps me alert, and I like the surprise of some incongruous juxtaposition," Hartig said.
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