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2005 Mesh 'Texas Pieces' Basketball Tank Top

Raf Simons

2005 Mesh 'Texas Pieces' Basketball Tank Top


IT 48: Best for any size between a large IT 44 - 34 Chest - XS or a slim IT 48 - 38 Chest - S/M.

Raf Simons vest from S/S 2005 'History of the World'. In excellent used condition. Made in Belgium.

Ambitiously titled 'History of the World', Simons's S/S 2005 collection was a flawless exercise in the designer's transgressive experimentations with tradition and innovation. The clean lines of Raf's razor-sharp tailoring were paired with dramatic streetwear to create a visionary proposal for contemporary menswear. Cathy Horyn writes:

'Not many designers would have the instinct to call a collection History of the World, as Simons did in July 2004, and have the models descend on a pair of huge escalators or print on their invitation the names of people and things that had changed the modern world, as if to suggest that fashion -- or any one of us -- could do the same. How many people would make such a moral claim in a cynical age?' (our emphasis)

In a similar statement, Tim Blanks explains:

'Simons has undoubtedly made a difference to the world of menswear, and this collection only served to underscore the power and originality of his vision. Once absorbed by radical punk icons and slogans, Simons has now shifted his frame of reference to an earlier period: specifically, the moment when Kraftwerk put its pop culture spin on the nexus between man and machine. [...] He expressed his tailoring skill in linear, luxurious suits and coats that had a Gattaca flair. [...] Then the leanness exploded, in triple-pleated leather trousers, funnel-necked tops, and huge white coats that floated like angel wings. On that optimistic note, Simons concluded a stunning show that felt like a fresh start for him.' (our emphasis)

This sleeveless top encapsulates the collection's avant-garde streetwear spirit. The chest is decorated with an ambiguous print comprised of two stanzas from Peter de Potter's 2004 poem 'History of the World', interrupted by the final lines of 'One Hundred Years' by The Cure. A small geometrical shape adorns the upper left side. Enigmatic designs like this have undoubtedly become a signature for Simons, and their ambiguous messages are often connected to the designer's personal experiences as well as his enduring fascination with alternative music and popular culture.

While being a simple piece, the tank top features an abundance of thoughtful details that set it apart from ordinary basics. The fabric is a unique cotton knit with a diagonal drop-stitch pattern that results in a mesh-like texture reminiscent of basketball attire. The tags thus described the piece as 'American Tshirt NoSlvs+Print'. The cut is slim and narrow, with high armholes and a narrow neckline that evokes raver styles. The elongated body features asymmetrical side seams that curve towards the left to further enhance the sharp silhouette. The neckline and sleeves are finished with ribbed fabric binding.

A hyper futuristic take on the clothes worn by the Belgian ravers Simons casted as models in his early runways, this directional tank top will make a strong visual statement.

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