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1999 Vintage Jersey T-Shirt with Military Shoulder Patch

Helmut Lang

1999 Vintage Jersey T-Shirt with Military Shoulder Patch


Size M: Best for any size between an IT 50 - 40 Chest - M and an IT 46 - 36 Chest - S.

Helmut Lang military long-sleeve T-shirt with shoulder application from A/W 1999-2000. In excellent used condition. Made in Italy.

A/W 1999-2000 is seen by many as one of Helmut Lang's most coveted and groundbreaking seasons. The collection was the designer's most ambitious to date and marks the label's most financially successful period, during which Prada acquired a majority share. Unprecedented in both detail and range, the collection presented a variety of iconic designs that are just as relevant today as when they were designed. Since then, many of these pieces have acquired grail status among Helmut Lang connoisseurs as well as more recent admirers. Their distinctive aesthetic paid tribute to an eclectic range of workwear garments including astronaut uniforms, protective garments for firefighters and motorcyclists, as well as paramilitary police forces' ballistic equipment. Combining these influences with his idiosyncratic touch, Lang created a subversively elegant and uncompromisingly modern universe that has since then inspired a long list of contemporary designers and stylists.

An essential demonstration of the collection's utility-inspired aesthetic, this long-sleeve T-shirt is decorated with a rectangular patch application on the right shoulder. An abstracted adaptation of the shoulder pockets found on military and workwear jackets across the world, the patch creates a subtle and unconventional point of interest that is quintessential Lang.

The piece is crafted from a high quality medium-weight cotton jersey with a vintage, slightly grained finish. The patch detail is crafted from beige resin-coated cotton poplin that gives it an opaque and crisp surface. The silhouette is semi-fitted with dropped shoulders and long sleeves. The side seams of the torso and sleeves spiral towards the right, enhancing the drape of the piece while creating a subtle point of interest. The crew neckline is finished with a thin strip of ribbed binding. 

A beautiful piece that combines everyday versatility with sophistication, this top is a classic design from one of Helmut Lang's most celebrated collections from the 1990s. Crafted with the designer's typical attention to detail, it is a testament to the timeless appeal and relevance of his approach.

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