The label announced a multi-year collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation

Calvin Klein’s neutrals and ads featuring washboard abs don’t exactly conjure images of pop art and Studio 54 but, considering both names occupy hallowed places in pop culture, the connection somehow works. In September, Raf Simons debuted his second collection for the label featuring Andy Warhol’s photo prints on denim, skirts, and dresses.

Now, Simons, chief creative officer of Calvin Klein, is taking his love of Warhol one step further by announcing on Tuesday a multi-year partnership between Calvin Klein and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The partnership, running through 2020, will help support grants the foundation distributes to artists creating contemporary visual art. In return, Calvin Klein will receive unprecedented access to the late artist’s works.

This is the foundation’s biggest collaboration yet, though they’ve worked previously with Comme des Garçons and Dior.

“I’ve come to realize that Warhol’s genius goes much deeper than cheerful Campbell’s Soup paintings,” said Raf Simons, Chief Creative Officer, said in a statement. “He captured all sides of the American experience, including sometimes its darker sides. Warhol’s art tells more truths about this country than you can find almost anywhere else.”


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