1997 Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt with Rubberised Slashed Sleeves
1997 Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt with Rubberised Slashed Sleeves
1997 Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt with Rubberised Slashed Sleeves
1997 Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt with Rubberised Slashed Sleeves
1997 Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt with Rubberised Slashed Sleeves
Kate Moss at Helmut Lang S/S 1996
1997 Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt with Rubberised Slashed Sleeves
1997 Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt with Rubberised Slashed Sleeves
1997 Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt with Rubberised Slashed Sleeves
1997 Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt with Rubberised Slashed Sleeves
1997 Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt with Rubberised Slashed Sleeves
1997 Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt with Rubberised Slashed Sleeves
Helmut Lang

1997 Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt with Rubberised Slashed Sleeves

Regular price £135.00 £0.00 Unit price per

Size M (unmarked): Best for a Women's UK 8/US 6 or a UK 10/US 8.

Helmut Lang slashed sleeve top from S/S 1997. In excellent used condition. Made in Italy.

S/S 1997 marks the large scale introduction of Helmut Lang's iconic 'Jeans' label after a smaller capsule collection for A/W 1996. This partnership between Lang and Italian manufacturers GTR Group (Gruppo Tessile Riunito) was highly conducive to the brand's commercial success in the late 1990s. Several pieces from the S/S 1997 Jeans collection were adaptations of iconic archival pieces from the Helmut Lang mainline, realized in hard-wearing materials such as canvas, nylon and resinated cotton.

This rugby top features Lang's iconic slashed sleeves, accentuated by rubber applications. This design was originally showcased on the A/W 1993 runway and re-issued every season that followed in different fabrics and finishes (pictured: A/W 1995, S/S 1996 and A/W 1996). Similar cut-outs were also featured in Lang's coveted A/W 2003 and S/S 2004 collections. 

The top is made from a medium-weight cotton jersey with a soft texture and some stretch. The cut is sharp and modern with narrow shoulders and a fitted body. The neck has a strong-shaped point collar, complete with a four mother-of-pearl button closure. The masculine formality of the neckline is offset by the intricately constructed sleeves, featuring Lang's iconic elbow slashes. The sleeves' three-quarter length adds a modernist touch, while their semi-detached lower part is covered by structured rubber. Similar to the finishes of traditional waterproof outerwear, the rubberised details have a deep luster with interesting irregularities that suggest the process was applied by hand. 

Overall, Helmut Lang's basic pieces often capture the designer's forward-thinking vision at its best. This bold top would look great worn on its own or layered over a contrasting colour to highlight its sophisticated construction.