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1998 Elongated Sleeve T-Shirt with Cut-Outs

Helmut Lang

1998 Elongated Sleeve T-Shirt with Cut-Outs


Size S: Best for a Women's UK 6/US 4 or a UK 8/US 6.

Helmut Lang elongated cut-out sleeve shirt from A/W 1998-1999. In excellent used condition. Made in Italy.

1998 was a very important year for Helmut Lang. The company relocated its offices from Vienna to Manhattan, making it the first fashion house to change continent, while the runway presentations move from Paris to New York. Later that year, was launched and A/W 1998-1999 was the first fashion collection to be presented online. Besides these influential firsts, A/W 1998-1999 is seen as one of Lang's seminal collections, showcasing the first major exploration of the abstract and layered streetwear that became synonymous with his late 90s output. Being simultaneously classic and avant-garde, this T-shirt combines an understated construction with a dramatic silhouette that gives it couture-like gravitas.

The classic T-shirt design has a closely fitted cut with narrow shoulders, high armholes and a wide round neck. The sleeves have an extended shape that reaches well below the hands. Instead of normal cuff openings, vertical cut-outs at the level of the elbows -vaguely inspired by the visual effect of long evening gloves- allow the arms to move independently of the sleeve. The result is an elongated silhouette that gives an exaggerated elegance to arm movements.

The fabric is a luxurious cotton with a soft texture and some stretch. The fabric's mercerized treatment produces a deep, sateen-esque luster that complements the design's clean lines. Furthermore, its high quality results in a substantial feel that is uncommon in typical T-shirts, while allowing it to maintain its deep colour for longer. The neckline and arm openings are precisely finished with double-stitched binding. 

Executed to an exemplary standard, this splendid statement top will be equally fit for casual or evening appearances.

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