"Helmut Lang has often been praised for his 'deconstructive' designs. With basic garment forms as the starting point, Lang created subversively elegant and abstract designs that combined the classic with the avant-garde. This experimentation was amply demonstrated in S/S 2001, where Lang explored ways of revealing the body. Cut-outs and laces were used to decorate tops, trousers and outerwear, while dresses featured straps and perforations that created a subtle yet sensual effect.The wearer's body is highlighted and in turn becomes an essential component of the design itself. S/S 2001 can thus be understood as a quintessential Helmut Lang collection, combining his cerebral conceptualism with a new sense ofraw-yet-refined sexiness." - Endyma
Though this top cannot be seen from any online runway publication, this press sample piece exemplifies the season's carefully crafted deconstruction. Cutouts with adjustable ties along the front and back of the top uniquely subtly expose the wearer's skin and evoke images of a corset along with the form-fitting cut, while the back vents, panelling, and zipper are reminiscent of an athletic motorcycle jacket. The construction in fact, is an exact replication of leather jacket iteration. The back panel wrap around the front of the wearer's waist ending in a perfect anatomic curve consistent with the curved cutouts. The details and perfect execution make this rare press sample a valuable example of Helmut Lang's work throughout SS01 and the early 00s.
Made in Italy 6/10 condition, some discoloration and loss of elasticity in fabric, stain in hem which will be cleaned