Raf Simons’ debut collection for Calvin Klein featured an eclectic range of artist-inspired garments. Among the many graphic patterns sent down the runway, Andy Warhol imagery was featured in the spotlight. Now, the design team at the brand is officially creating on a complete “collaboration” with the late artist’s work. And it’s going to be unlike anything we have ever seen before.
Calvin Klein has started a licensing partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts that will allow them to access a wide range of works, including unpublished art, through 2020. We can only dream up the many different ways the fashion brand will re-imagine these creations over the next few years.
In exploring America, Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons found Pop master Andy Warhol, whose work has helped define both the contemporary identity of American culture, and also the world’s perceptions of it. In a unique, ongoing collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Spring 2018 CALVIN KLEIN #205W39NYC collection incorporates a selection of Warhol artworks as placement screenprints. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Andy Warhol: Andy Warhol and American Flag, 1983 © The Andy Warhol Foundation.
Raf Simons shared a little insight about why he is excited to work with Andy Warhol graphics.
“I’ve come to realize that Warhol’s genius goes much deeper than cheerful Campbell’s Soup paintings,” the Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein said in a statement. “He captured all sides of the American experience, including sometimes its darker sides. Warhol’s art tells more truths about his country than you can find almost anywhere else.”
Pop iconoclast Andy Warhol’s links to fashion date back to his earliest years as an artist, when his playful illustrated shoes captured the attention of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and a new generation of New York designers that included Calvin Klein. 30 years after Warhol’s death, CALVIN KLEIN and Andy Warhol renew their relationship through this exceptional collaboration, built on shared creative ideals, reinterpreting and reimagining American emblems for the present day. ⠀⠀⠀ Andy Warhol artworks courtesy © The Andy Warhol Foundation and Hopper Goods, LLC.
The Andy Warhol Foundation is also looking forward to seeing how Raf Simons and the Calvin Klein team incorporate the artist’s imagery into their collections.
“Warhol’s legacy is not limited to the tremendous influence of his timeless concepts but also through the work of the foundation he established, which has become one of the pre-eminent funders of contemporary art having distributed over $275 million in grants since inception,” Michael Dayton Hermann, director of licensing at the Warhol Foundation also shared in a statement. “We are proud that Raf’s visionary work at Calvin Klein will unabashedly embrace all facets of Warhol’s work and generously contribute to the foundation’s endowment.”
Created in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation, Warhol’s artworks find new life in garments and accessories featured throughout the Spring 2018 CALVIN KLEIN #205W39NYC collection. Silkscreened by hand, the collection includes intimate portraits of the artist's muses—like Warhol confidante art collector Sandra Brant and archetypal counterculture hero Dennis Hopper—as well the luridly macabre images from his Death and Disaster series. ⠀⠀⠀ Andy Warhol artworks ©/®/™ The Andy Warhol Foundation and ™ Hopper Goods, LLC.