Raf Simons Is Re-Issuing 100 Items From Archive to Celebrate 25th Anniversary
Raf Simons announces the release of a special archive collection in celebration of his eponymous label’s 25th anniversary.
Aptly entitled “Archive Redux,” the collection is composed of 100 pieces curated by Simons from across the brand’s 25 year history. Simons himself went back through the archive to select the 100 items, relying on pure creative instinct, rather than any guidelines or goal, to make his choices. The result is both an artist’s introspective dive into his own history, and a generous gesture to its many fans.
The collection is captured in a brief photography campaign by Willy Vanderperre. He photographs a metallic mannequin dressed in pieces that represent important historical or cultural turning points for the brand: a turtleneck from Simons’ very first collection in 1995, a Kraftwerk-inspired look from 1998, and a hoodie from 2002 which seems to anticipate haute couture’s intersection with streetwear. Reclining thoughtfully among nature, this metal man – a character evocative of retro science-fiction films – seems to perfectly embody the persistence of the past into the future which Simons wants to explore.
Smartly conceived and beautifully captured, the project is an exciting synthesis of the career of the man who may perhaps be today’s most exciting designer. Arriving at a moment when the industry seems to be deeply questioning its own identity, it shows that there are indeed things in the past worth celebrating, but that in doing so we must keep moving forward. Here’s to the next 25 years of progress.
Photos | Willy Vanderperre with styling by Olivier Rizzo, June 2020