Raf Simons AW2002 Balaclava Hat

Raf Simons AW2002 Balaclava Hat


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 uncouth and grotesque proclivities which simmer in willful 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 viscerally stimulating exhibition of the inherent 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 knit balaclava and hat combo was a signature piece of the runway, and featured extensively in editorials upon release.

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

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