Coat, Raf Simons

  • Raf Simons

  • Label in woven satin, white on black: "RAF SIMONS"
  • Ready-to-wear spring-summer 2015
  • Thick cotton serge and synthetic fibers; photo transfer of the designer’s parents, Alda Beckers/Simons and Jaak Simons, on vacation in the early seventies; badge embroidered with hemp braids
  • GAL2016.20.1
  • Raf Simons donation – Vogue Paris Fondation 2015
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

The back is the largest flat surface of our body, out of our arms reach and perpetually exposed. Since the 19th century, fashion has taken advantage of this anatomical feature to cover the back with various and varied patterns.Belgian designer Raf Simons uses his memories in his fashion. On the sailor collar of this coat - whose shape evokes childhood - he places a photograph of his parents, Alda Beckers and Jaak Simons, on holiday in the early 1960s.