Calvin Klein Reflects on Career-Defining Moments with the Release of His Rizzoli Tome

By Samantha Yanks | December 15, 2017 | People Jan12018_PostCleaning

In his own words, the legendary Calvin Klein tells his story for the first time with the release of his eponymous Rizzoli tome.

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Clockwise from top left: Kate Moss by David Sims, 1993; Tom Hintnaus by Bruce Weber, Santorini, 1982; Christy Turlington by Bruce Weber, Virgin Islands, 1989; Calvin Klein by Bruce Weber, Abiquiú, 1984.

Designed by French art director Fabien Baron, the book Calvin Klein, published by Rizzoli, is the first survey from the iconic New York fashion designer. The 480-page tome has a rigorously modern aesthetic and contains era-defining images from the most distinguished names in fashion photography, such as Patrick Demarchelier, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Bruce Weber. The images, chosen by Klein himself, have become indelible to the public and narrate the story of his evolution as a designer. The world’s most famed models, Christy Turlington and Kate Moss among them, are captured in groundbreaking photos that would ultimately define their careers.

As an icon of minimalism and modernism, Klein has had his hands in a multitude of categories, from couture to jeans, and his memorable underwear and fragrance campaigns are still talked about today. After founding his namesake company in 1968, Klein went on to change the face of fashion, playing to a consumer who valued meticulously clean lines over decorative excess and producing ad campaigns in tandem that were suggestive and controversial, unlike anything seen before. The new survey is divided into three sections—“Provocative,” “Minimalist” and “Stories,” each referring to a singular element of Klein’s approach—and recounts everything from his campaigns with Brooke Shields and Kate Moss to the shockingly seductive photography of his men’s underwear collections.

Proceeds from the sale of Calvin Klein by Calvin Klein will directly benefit God’s Love We Deliver. rizzoli.com



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