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  • Raf Simons by Willy Vanderperre exhibition at 032c Workshop, Berlin. Photo by Boris Kralj/Hypebeast

  • Raf Simons by Willy Vanderperre exhibition at 032c Workshop, Berlin. Photo by Boris Kralj/Hypebeast

  • Raf Simons by Willy Vanderperre exhibition at 032c Workshop, Berlin. Photo by Boris Kralj/Hypebeast

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Raf Simons by Willy Vanderperre exhibition at 032c Workshop, Berlin

032c Workshop/Joerg Koch, O32c magazine’s gallery space in Berlin that features an 8-meter-long vitrine designed by Konstantin Grcic, dedicates an “anti-retrospective” to Belgian designer Raf Simons, as seen through the lens of fashion photographer Willy Vanderperre. The exhibition, which resembles a schoolhouse locker, with stickers, posters and skateboards, is a prolongation of the magazine’s winter 2014-15 issue that celebrated the 20th anniversary of the label. Vanderperre’s intention was to explore the parallels between Simons’ creations and the iconography of youth subcultures in provincial Belgium, delving into the enigmatic figure of the designer and exploring the inspiration behind his designs.

Vanderperre is a long-time friend of Raf Simons, having photographed many of his iconic campaigns in the past. They have know each other since they were young, living in Antwerp and frequenting the same places. Both have the same references and obsessions, sharing their love for fashion, art, photography and youth culture, continuously enriching each other. For the occasion, they even created a special soundtrack, with different music on each side of the vitrine —one from Simons’ perspective and the other from Vanderperre’s.

032c Workshop’s exhibition traces their creative relationship and the way they have forged over the years a new type of masculinity, redefining the very essence of luxury. “It has been rumored that youth is dead—that it has become a marketing demographic, or a disembodied wash of colliding newsfeeds. But, for RAF SIMONS and WILLY VANDERPERRE, youth is a practice. A methodology. An environment. Youth is always becoming. Teeming with questions. Envisioning futures. Together with the Raf Simons atelier, Willy Vanderperre has become an oracle for a pre-Internet notion of beauty and freedom,” said 032c Workshop in a statement. The Raf Simons by Willy Vanderperre exhibition will remain on view until August 21, 2015, at 032c Workshop, St Agnes, Alexandrinenstr. 118-121, Berlin.