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Check out Helmut Lang’s artwork that uses old YSL pieces

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Oct 8, 2020

Helmut Lang, the Austrian artist and former fashion designer plans on incorporating pieces of Yves Saint Laurent into upcoming artwork. 


In an interview with Business of Fashion, Saint Laurent’s Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello announced the plans for an upcoming collaboration with the legendary Lang. This collaboration will have artworks of Lang as the center of focus, bringing his brutal aesthetic to the refined world of Saint Laurent. Vaccarello supplied the designer turned artist with leftover clothing and accessories from previous collections that will be put into use in Lang’s artworks. 


The collaboration, titled “Helmut Lang x Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent Rive Droite,” features these unwanted fashion items which Lang has shredded. The scraps and shredded clothing were then transformed into large-scale sculptures based on aluminum molds. 


These collaborative sculptures also recall Lang’s own personal archives that have been leftover since he walked away from his namesake label in the early 2000’s. In a previous and similar endeavor, Lang destroyed leftover pieces from his own label by making “fabric confetti.”


Vaccarello clearly holds a lot of respect and admiration for Lang, who has been dubbed the ultimate designer for the nineties. The sculptures from “Helmut Lang x Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent Rive Droite,” will be exhibited at the Rive Droite location in Paris before heading to Los Angeles and all the items in the exhibition will be available for sale.


Photo via Saint Laurent Rive Driote