ANDY WARHOL KISS, 1963 UNISEX TANK TOP
ANDY WARHOL Kiss, 1963
Introducing a capsule of classic CALVIN KLEIN UNDERWEAR styles, printed with evocative stills from Andy Warhol’s experimental 1963 film Kiss.
As the latest installment in its unique and ongoing partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, CALVIN KLEIN introduces a special capsule collection of CALVIN KLEIN UNDERWEAR styles. Classic silhouettes in white cotton are printed with two evocative, black and white stills from Warhol’s experimental 1963 film Kiss. A marriage of Pop Cultural icons—Warhol, architect of Pop Art as we know it, and CALVIN KLEIN UNDERWEAR—the offering includes tank tops and t-shirts, a men's brief and boxer brief, and a women’s bralette and bikini. A still-resonant depiction of modern romance more than five decades later, the Kiss range will debut ahead of Valentine’s Day.
One of Warhol’s earliest cinematic explorations, for Kiss the artist trained his camera in close-up on 12 couples kissing, for 3 1/2 minutes each. In part a response to Hollywood censors of the day, which forbade lips lingering in a kiss for more than three seconds, upon its release the work was considered especially provocative for its depiction of biracial and homosexual pairings. The movie featured a mix of countercultural luminaries and Warhol’s self-styled Factory “superstars” including Gerard Malanga and Baby Jane Holzer.