“What Suits Us”: John-Mark Ikeda Deconstructs Menswear

The business suit has gone through different epochs and will always have cachet, but artist John-Mark Ikeda says that it's lost its “mythic” status and become a casualty of our economic Armageddon, which Ikeda argues has exposed the business suit as the embodiment of failed times. Ikeda's premise is faulty, but his approach — dissecting a suit like it's a carcass, and displaying it piece by piece, including shoes, briefcase and mobile device — succeeds in its provocation. Look closely and you'll see that the outfit Ikeda uses is made in Indonesia (the cotton shirt), Romania (the shoes) and Italy (the suit itself). It takes a global village to dress the modern man. Ikeda supplies a legend that identifies each suit piece with an automobile part. Detroit's demise and reinvention, he suggests, could be a role model for the ensemble that is still Wall Street's ideal outfit.

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