27. Keith Haring
Label: Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger created a limited-edition footwear collection in collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation, not only in a gesture of creative expression, but also of philanthropy. The infamous Haring was well known for his animated and figurative line drawings, his social and political activism, as well as other legendary gestures like the "CRACK IS WACK" mural on 128th Street and 2nd Avenue in New York City—a response inspired by the crack epidemic of mid-1980s New York. The artist was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, and established the Keith Haring Foundation the year following his diagnosis to provide "funding and imagery to AIDS organizations." Haring's fashion counterpart in this collaboration, Tommy Hilfiger, founded the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation in 1995 to help to empower America's youth. The collaborative collection with Hilfiger is being sold at Colette in Paris – one of the most reputably styled boutiques in the world! Keith Haring has also found his way to musical artist Beyonce and Lil Wayne, to fashion labels like Levi Jeans, Joy Rich, Nicholas Kirkwood, Reebok, Zara Urban Outfitters, and even Kanye West's haircut. Haring's work has always done the work of blurring the boundary between the visual arts, and even 23 years after his death, his work is continuing to disseminate across the globe and become more a part of our visual vocabulary.