Inside Rick Owens’ Stunning New Book

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Rick Owens Photographed by Danielle Levitt features a selection of his most astounding looks from the last decade

Uncompromising. Transgressive. Visionary. Fashion god. Feral warrior king. These are just some of the words that have been to describe Rick Owens.

In the wake of his beautiful, glamorous and sculptural Spring/Summer 2020 show, which saw the designer draw on his Mexican heritage, as well as Metropolis – the 1927 Fritz Lang sci-fi film – Owens is launching a book.

Published by Rizzoli, Rick Owens Photographed by Danielle Levitt is a document of the designer’s incredible work. Featuring a selection of his most astounding looks from the last decade, the book pays testament to how Owens clashes grunge and glamour, tradition and technology in his work – and distills something of his provocative, punk spirit.

The images are captured – as the title of the book suggests – by American photographer and filmmaker Danielle Levitt, whose work focuses on the lives of individuals and communities on the fringes of society.

“Danielle’s imagery has a clear-eyed honesty and tenderness that I want to align myself with and endorse,” says Owens. “The way she has captured what I do is exactly how I want it to be remembered.”

This idea of legacy is something that the designer spoke about in his interview with Tim Blanks for the A/W19 issue of AnOther Magazine. Owens once told a reporter, “everything to me boils down to a challenge to mortality. You want to say something that will outlast you, you want to leave something – you want to live forever. It’s the human condition.” Blanks asked him if that is still the case and he replied, “I still feel that, more than ever.”

Flick through Rick Owens Photographed by Danielle Levitt and it’s hard to imagine that Owens’ contribution to fashion will ever be forgotten.

Rick Owens Photographed by Danielle Levitt, published by Rizzoli, is out now.