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For the 2014 MET Ball, American designer Calvin Klein turned to fellow designer Ralph Lauren to craft him a special ensemble for fashion’s biggest night out of the year. Calvin says that he usually has his event outfits made especially for him and imported from Italy, but Anna Wintour wanted him to fit the event’s special dress code this year which is “white tie and decorations” so instead he decided to call his old friend Ralph Lauren to ask him to make the bespoke look instead:

”My clothes are made to order in Italy generally, and I don’t wear tails. I usually wear tuxedo. [But] I want to do the right thing for Anna, it’s a very special evening… so I wanted to do what she wants.”

Klein says that Ralph was only too happy to oblige and asked him to pay a visit immediately so they could begin work on the outfit. When he arrived at the building, he was immediately impressed:

”[Ralph] said, ‘Come to my office, right away’. It’s the first time I’d ever been to his offices. I’ve heard about those offices over the years, because they’re extraordinary.”

Calvin adds that he doesn’t only wear his own label and says wearing designs created by others is part of the “fun of fashion” so he is happy to experiment with pieces crafted by others too:

“I’ve always had tailor-made clothes. I have other things from Ralph . . . because that’s the fun of fashion. I wear my [brand of] underwear, but other people’s underwear, too.”