ANDY WARHOL’S KISS

Meets Calvin Klein's Sexy Underwear

BY: Andy Shoulders

With underwear like these, you might actually find someone out there to kiss your ass.

These sexy skivvies are the latest result of Raf Simons of Calvin Klein and the Warhol Foundation’s collaboration, which was announced last year. The output sees images from one of Warhol’s first cinematic efforts, 1963’s Kiss, emblazoned on a capsule collection of underwear. The collection demonstrates the more sensual side of Warhol’s work, a stark contrast to Calvin Klein’s previous Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which featured darker Warhol works like Knives and The Electric Chair.

Last year, in an unprecedented move, Raf Simons and the Calvin Klein house entered into an agreement with the Andy Warhol foundation that will give the fashion house full access to Warhol’s body of work until 2020. In a current fashion world increasingly saturated with artist collaborations, Simons managed to make the Calvin Klein/Warhol union quite an impactful one.

“I’ve come to realize that Warhol’s genius goes much deeper than cheerful Campbell’s Soup paintings,” Simons said in a release. “Warhol’s art tells more truths about this country than you can find almost anywhere else.”

One reason why the collaboration is so meaningful is that the four-year agreement allows Simons to really dig through the depths of Warhol’s archive, giving him the opportunity to showcase lesser-known works (including unpublished pieces), such as the experimental film Kiss. One of the first films made at Warhol’s famous Factory, Kiss features fourteen various couples (both hetero- and homosexual) kissing for just over three minutes each. At the time of the film’s release, kissing on film for longer than three seconds was forbidden, and Warhol was all too happy to not oblige. This provocative disobedience helped Warhol become one of the most influential art figures in history, and Simons was wise to marry that with the Calvin Klein house’s natural sex appeal.

Watch Warthol’s Kiss here and check out the collaboration at calvinklein.com. Calvin Klein underwear has always been known for comfort and sexiness, but with this iconic pairing of fashion and art powerhouses, pushing the envelope never felt so good.