Designer Helmut Lang seems to have moved on from fashion. After decades of helming his legendary eponymous label, Lang decided to leave the fashion world for the peace and quiet of upstate New York. Having already donated thousands of items from his vast archive to the most prestigious fashion and design museums worldwide, the former designer-now- conceptual artist decided to incorporate his remaining pieces for a new art exhibit, though used them in a way that some would find heartbreaking.
Lang literally shredded some 6,000 garments to use as raw material for making a series of sculptures. About a dozen stalactitelike pieces are to go on display from July 22 at The Fireplace Project, a gallery in East Hampton, N.Y., in a solo exhibition titled “Make it Hard.” WWD spoke to writer and creative director Neville Wakefield who is presenting the exhibition. Wakefield described Lang’s sculptures as floor-to-ceiling columnar forms made of scraps of fabrics, fur, feathers, leather, plastic, hair and metal and concocted from more than 25 years of fashion collections. Wakefield said Lang’s intentions with the exhibit are to “erase the past and highlight ‘the transience of our creative endeavors.'” And while we’re sure the exhibit is breathtaking, we can’t help but lament the gorgeous garments that were sacrificed to make it possible!
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