In the world of high fashion, sex sells. Seductive images create visual stories to sell everything from jeans to fragrances to sneakers to home goods. And during his days as head of his eponymous fashion brand, Calvin Klein was always at the helm when it came to bringing the sexy to sell his designer wares.
Now, the 74-year-old style icon has teamed up with Rizzoli International Publications to release his first-ever coffee table tome, a 480-page catalog of some of the most unforgettable advertising campaigns of the ’80s and ’90s, written and compiled by Klein himself.
The self-titled book, three years in the making, is loaded with era-defining images by some of the world’s most notable fashion photographers, from Richard Avedon to Bruce Weber to Patrick Demarchelier.
Klein broke the book up into three sections, handpicking each picture, compiled from images taken during his 30-plus years at Calvin Klein. Rebellious gives us offerings of some of his most controversial ad campaigns, from a teenage Brooke Shields in her Calvins to Kate Moss nudes to his sexy men’s underwear ads. Minimal captures the elegance of his couture aesthetic. Stories offer private insights and behind-the-scenes stories that walk readers through his evolution as a revolutionary designer and tastemaker.
The designer has been more or less out of the spotlight since retiring in 2004. This book is a fashion history lesson recounting the illustrious career of a visionary whose boundary-pushing approach to design and advertising changed the face of fashion.
The book is available for purchase now, and all the author’s proceeds will go to God’s Love We Deliver.