It would appear that Belgian born fashion designer Raf Simons is having an impact on American folk traditions as the Calvin Klein designer is to be honored by the American Folk Art Museum in October for the impressive quilts he’s designed.
Known for his reimagining of the New Americana, Simon’s quilts have seeped into the house overarching narrative being carried on runways, hung on campaign sets, adoring walls of the Madison Avenue Calvin Klein flagship, and even used as blankets by the Kardashians. The patriotic influence has even seeped into chairs that Simons designed and created for this year’s Design Miami/Basel fair. The quilts, which comes from vintage American quilts, become modern works of art once Simons gets a hold of them an that deserves recognition.
[quote text_size=”small” author=”Monty Blanchard, president of the board of trustees at AFAM. “]
Raf Simons is one of the world’s most influential designers. His focus on American quilts shines a light on a potent art form that the American Folk Art Museum has long collected, exhibited, and championed.
The Impression took a dive through our own Calvin Klein archive to find quilts woven into the tapestry of the narrative for the house. Here is our own patchwork.