Helmut Lang is one of the most pioneering designers in recent fashion memory, crafting a minimal, youth culture-inspired look that has gone on to inspire everyone from Raf Simons to Phoebe Philo. It’s been around 11 years since he gave up fashion, leaving the brand he founded, to focus on his art – and now some of his most iconic designs are going on sale.
In a project called HELMUT LANG: ARTIFACTS, Resurrection Vintage is presenting a collection of the designer’s garments from the 1990s right up until his departure in 2005. The boutique, which has stores in New York and Los Angeles, is selling some of his most iconic runway looks – such as the metallic flash shirt that opened his AW94 show – along with handbags, accessories, jewellery and timepieces.
If you’re not local to NY or LA, don’t worry, HELMUT LANG: ARTIFACTS will be in-store and online on November 15, 2016.
Lang’s designs (particulary from this period) are quite rare, not least because the designer shredded 6,000 items of his clothing in 2011 to create materials for twelve column-like sculptures that featured in his Make It Hard exhibition.
“The inspiration came through outside force,” he said in a Dazed interview. “In February 2010, after a fire in the building where our studio in New York is located, which could have destroyed the rest of the archive, and after going for months through the pieces to see in which condition they are, I slowly became intrigued by the idea of destroying it myself and use it as raw material for my art.”