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2005 Oversized T-Shirt with Lightning Print

Raf Simons

2005 Oversized T-Shirt with Lightning Print


Size 46 (oversize): Best for any size between an IT 44 - 34 Chest - XS and a slim IT 54 - 44 Chest - XL.

Raf Simons lightning-print T-shirt from S/S 2005 'History of the World'. In excellent used condition with minor mark on lower back. 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 iconic T-shirt was not shown on the runway, but has come to be remembered as one of the collection's most iconic tops. Cut oversized and elongated for a dramatic silhouette, the piece features a 'lightning' print on the front and back. Designed by long-term Simons collabotator Peter de Potter, the bold design consists of two angular shapes whose dynamic evokes concepts of burst and release. It could be argued that this depiction of raw energy captures the S/S 05 collection's paradigm-shifting spirit.

Thoughtful finishes complete the directional design. The wide crew neckline is finished with thin ribbed trim for a streamlined look. Likewise, the design has been screen printed using thick ink, giving it a very subtantial feel that will not fade or crack over time. The fabric is high quality cotton jersey with a smooth hand, pure colour and firm drape.

A hard-to-find and truly iconic piece, this T-shirt will become one of the key basics in your wardrobe that you will reach for again and again.

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