This magnificent survey is the first and only book that Klein has written and compiled himself and is illustrated with era-defining photographs by probably the most distinguished names in fashion photography, from Irving Penn and Richard Avedon to Bruce Weber, and Patrick Demarchelier—among others. In it, the world’s most iconic models like Christy Turlington and Kate Moss, are captured in images that would define their careers, and remain indelible to the consumer. Accompanied by private insights and at the back of-the-scenes stories that only he could tell, each and every image has been chosen by Calvin Klein to narrate his evolution as a designer—from couture to jeans, underwear, and fragrance—all categories by which he redefined what used to be chic and very important.
As an icon of minimalism, modernism, sexual provocation, and androgyny, Calvin Klein’s first book will find broad appeal with any person interested in design, fashion, or photography. Few names in fashion are as recognizable as that of Calvin Klein.
This unique book presents a stunning archive of images that reveal his timeless influence as a designer. From founding the company in New York in 1968, he went on to change the face of fashion, bringing his visionary minimalism to the fore and defining looks for generations. Divided by theme, with characteristic simplicity and sophistication, each and every of the three sections on this volume looks at one singular element of Klein’s approach. In Provocative, we see the most controversial of his campaigns, from Brooke Shields’s infamous teenage portraits to the seductive photography of underwear collections. In Minimalist, we be aware the simplicity, refinement, and elegance in each and every collection. And in the final section, we read in the designer’s own words the insights at the back of the campaigns and the secrets at the back of the successes.