Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber
Helmut Lang AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber

Helmut Lang

AW03 Bondage MA-1 Bomber

Size 44 Fits XS-S

One of the most iconic pieces of the 21st century in a rare stone colorway. Details include back panel attachment, removable hand straps, and light padding with cupro lined sleeves.

10/10 condition.

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/153557

Hafeez's Postlude

A truly, truly remarkable item from the Autumn/Winter 2003 collection. It is often that Helmut Lang takes my breath away, but even so there are cases when he completely shatters my understanding of his ability and my perception of a certain garment; this MA-1 is one of those cases.

Lang has transformed the rugged, somewhat hawkish nature of the MA-1 into a carnal, intricate and delicate garment with a few simple deliberations. The body of the MA-1 when subtracting all the applications is the most standard Lang did. It was released in Navy, Army Green and Black but the Stone Cream seems to be the most fitting in my eyes; it is subtle and enticing, a perfect compliment to the sexually charged bondage-inspired applications.

The relationship between beauty and violence is something that is stuck in my mind like a dagger ever since I first began looking into Lang's work, especially those shows incorporating these bondage and military elements. I read in an article about Jun Takahashi's Undercover where he says “The combination [of beauty and violence] is something that gives it real beauty. I am not denying beauty, but presenting it in a different light.”, this summation seems to me very apt. Although, most of Takahashi's work seems a bit difficult to link with Lang's I think this thought applies all the same. It is something that Lang seemingly understands very well, there is a very quiet violence a lot of clothes exude and none I think more represent that quiet violence more so than this jacket.