Raf Simons AW2003 "Closer" Long Sleeve Shirt

Raf Simons AW2003 "Closer" Long Sleeve Shirt


In the fall of 2003, Raf was granted access to Peter Saville’s personal archive (marking the first time such a request was granted by Saville). The runway felt arid and sparse in comparison to its predecessor, “Consumed", and was unmistakably sculpted by the stark, geometric imagery of Saville, who blended shapes from the German Bauhaus movement with distinctly modernist calligraphy. The silhouettes were once again borrowed from the working class youth, as had became the norm for Raf, though Saville’s visuals contributed a breath of restraint not seen since his pre-2000s work.

Interspersed throughout the season were repeated references to post-punk legends including Bauhaus, Joy Division, and New Order (obvious fits given their connection to Saville). This print comes from the top half of Joy Division’s final album, "Closer,” where the postmodern font is juxtaposed against old-world visuals of a tomb in Genoa, Italy. 

Condition: 8.5/10. Light cracking on the print. 

Tagged size: 48

Shoulder: 18in

Pit to pit: 20in

Length: 26.5in

Sleeve: 27.5in

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