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2003 Fine Cashmere Sweater with Cuff Straps and Extended Side Zipper

Helmut Lang

2003 Fine Cashmere Sweater with Cuff Straps and Extended Side Zipper


Size 50: Best for an IT 50 - 40 Chest - M or an IT 52 - 42 Chest - L.

Helmut Lang bondage cashmere sweater from A/W 2003-2004. In excellent used condition. Made in Italy.

A/W 2003 is seen by many as Helmut Lang's definitive 'bondage' collection. A diverse variety of inspirations -ranging from airforce uniforms and Vivienne Westwood's Seditionaries to classic evening tailoring- were refined into a unique collection that combined subcultural aggression with refined sartorialism. The season's conceptually rich designs have become part of contemporary fashion history, influencing a wide range of designers in the process.

Appearing in several runway looks, this luxurious cashmere sweater exhibits many of the interesting contradictions that constituted the collection's unique aesthetic: Upon a first inspection, its traditional construction and pure cashmere yarn embody ideas of bourgeois affluence. On the other hand, an aggressive side zipper and the collection's iconic bondage cuff straps lend an avant-garde streetwear edge to the classic piece. The cut is fitted and elongated, with defined shoulders and a simple round crew neck.

While Lang's aesthetic during the final years of his career was generally more subversive than ever, it was equally matched by the company's commitment to luxurious fabrics and high quality craftsmanship. The medium weight cashmere knit used on this piece is of an extremely high quality and, despite the age of the piece, feels very soft without any pilling or other signs of wear. Its beautiful dark grey marl colour pleasantly complements the yarn's almost felted texture. The cuff straps are constructed from thick elastic tape and are attached to the sleeve cuffs by hand, while the side zipper extends beyond the waistline to create a rugged yet simultaneously restrained effect.

Overall, this is an excellent basic piece that subtly channels the iconic aesthetic of one of Helmut Lang's best seasons. Unconformably combining classic luxury with Lang's distinctive abstract details, it will add subtle interest to any sophisticated outfit.

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