Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein


11/19/1942, Bronx, New York, USA

Birth Name

Richard Klein


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Born Richard Klein in The Bronx to Jewish Hungarian immigrants, he attended the High School of Industrial Art and he graduated, at 20 years of age, from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. He did his apprenticeship in 1962 at an oldline cloak-and-suit manufacturer and spent five years…more


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    • Calvin: Half of what I read in the press isn't true.

    • Calvin: For one of the few times in my life, I went to my parents for advice. My father convinced me to make the commitment to stick with fashion.

    • Calvin: During the '70s, everyone was experiencing freedom and a little decadence. I enjoyed being kind of outrageous about taking chances.

    • Calvin: Anything I've wanted to do, I've done. Everyone I've wanted to be with, I've had.

    • Calvin: Anyone who is secure about herself shouldn't be threatened by the ads I do.

    • Calvin: Any kind of operation frightens me. I don't like hospitals.

    • Calvin: AIDS is an absolutely tragic disease. The argument about AIDS' being some kind of divine retribution is crap.

    • Calvin: ABC received perhaps 300 letters protesting two of our commercials with Brooke, and we were running about seven of them at the time.

    • Calvin: A little mystery isn't so bad. I stopped at nothing. I would do anything.

    • Calvin: If you think of how those women dressed, the kind of refinement, that kind of elegance. That's really the inspiration for these clothes.

    • Calvin: Either very curved and shaped to a woman's body or cut straight from the shoulder and boxy and short.

    • Calvin: Part of the wonderful thing about what we do in fashion is that it really can apply to so many forms of one's lifestyle, and it is such a logical extension to be designing for the home.

    • Calvin: People are really starting to feel good again, and I see it reflected in the way they're looking at clothes and looking at fashion, and the way they are buying it, and the way they're wearing it.

    • Calvin: Fashion is about change and, for me, the philosophy is always the same, that the clothes have to be really modern and make women look really beautiful. But, it's fun to keep changing and to change the silhouettes, to change the fabrics and to change the color. Color this fall is really going to change too, because there is color.

    • Calvin: I love that in the clothes, the body is what stands up, the person.

    • Calvin: I think there's something incredibly sexy about a woman wearing her boyfriend's T-shirt and underwear.

    • Calvin: The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.

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