2003 Destroyed Painted Skull Keychain
Raf Simons skull keychain accessory from S/S 2003 'Consumed'. In excellent used condition with box. Made in Belgium.
Raf Simons's S/S 2003 collection was another bold exploration of the avant-garde designer's streetwear repertoire. This time, Simons introduced a sinister, post-apocalyptic narrative exploring ideas of commodification, advertising narratives and cultural appropriation. Realised in a largely monochrome palette, the clothes featured intricately layered details and deconstructed elements, while adorned with appropriated corporate logos, ambiguous messages and bold graphic elements. Entitled 'Consumed', the collection has been venerated as one of Simons's most radical moments. Peter Henderson explains:
"Fashion collections which tackle quite political, controversial themes often tend to descend into a sort of hyperactive farce (with inevitable comparisons to the ‘Derelicte’ collection in the film Zoolander), but Simons manages the matter masterfully, first because the collection is underpinned by sharp tailoring, and second because he merely observes the matter of consumerism and does not take sides. Simons was interested in exploring how brand codes, logos, and corporate language have permeated mainstream culture and society, and how today’s youth have adapted; he also considers the risks of being consumed as we consume."
Many of the outfits presented on the runway show were decorated with metal chains, police badges, skulls and other obscure symbols. Entirely dipped in black enamel paint, the accessories gave visual depth to the outfits while subtly complementing the collection's sinister aesthetic.
This keychain features the collection's signature cast metal skull, created by Simons in collaboration with Antwerp-based contemporary jewellers Atelier Elf. Since its initial showcase for S/S 2003, variations of this skull have appeared in several Raf Simons collections that followed. Wear has decreased the keychain's painted coating to a minimum, exposing the striking bronze tone of the skull. A chunky push clasp adds a militaristic edge to the piece, while making it easy to attach it to trouser belt loops, bags, etc.
Versatile and easy to integrate into any outfit, this piece is the rare first version of one of Simons's most coveted accessories.