Raf Simons 2005 10th Anniversary Collegiate Turtleneck

Raf Simons 2005 10th Anniversary Collegiate Turtleneck


Raf’s fall 2002 output, “Virginia Creeper,” deployed camos and bondage-wear amongst innocuous camp sweaters and letterman jackets. It was a perversion of classic Americana. A metaphorical expounding on the grotesque proclivities that simmer in ignorance beneath the white-picket fences of small towns. It was a wholly unique theme for the fashion world, with kindred spirits more easily found in works like Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” On a more personal level, the contrast of civil and taboo garments was a stimulating exhibition of the duality of youth, a desire to both conform and subvert, something Raf's early work such as “How to Talk to Your Teen” explored as well. 

This raw-edged, drop shoulder varsity turtleneck comes from Japanese retailer Isetan’s 10-year collection, which paid tribute to the finest work of Raf’s first ten years (the nod here, of course, is to Virginia Creeper). The pieces were available in-store only, and sold in extremely limited quantities. 

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws. 

Tagged size: 46

Shoulder: 31.5in (drop shoulder)

Pit to pit: 24.5in

Length: 28in

Sleeve: 20in (drop shoulder) 

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