“We wanted to look at an idea of appropriation, an appropriation of place, of objects, of advertising, of characters, of attitudes. We wanted to bring these all together in an extreme setting, to make them real and unreal at the same time. We wanted to bring the characters found in the collection to life.”
—Raf Simons, Chief Creative Officer, CALVIN KLEIN
Earlier this year, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation contacted Raf Simons. They asked if he’d like to work with them on something. He said yes. That’s the shorthand version of the story behind the collection he presented at Pitti Immagine Uomo, perfectly chimed with a duo of Mapplethorpe exhibitions at LACMA and the Getty Museum, and the HBO documentary subtitled Look at the Pictures.