Helmut Lang Re-Releases Bulletproof Vest

Helmut Lang Re-Releases Bulletproof Vest

The third installment of the label's "Re-Edition" series includes some surprising themes.

The third installment of the label's "Re-Edition" series includes some surprising themes.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

Earlier today, Helmut Lang released what is arguably the world’s most aspirational bulletproof vest. The ballistic-themed layerable is part of the third batch of the brand’s Re-Edition series, which reprises iconic pieces from the Helmut Lang archive. For the latest in the series, which has enlisted the likes of Kanye West and Solange as guest curators, the brand collaborated with Byronesque, an e-commerce platform for hyper-curated vintage.

Specializing in ‘80s and ‘90s high fashion—the same period that Lang, who left his eponymous brand in 2005, established himself as the go-to outfitter for the fashion underground—Byronesque is a fitting custodian for the Helmut Lang archive. For the eight-piece collection, the collective picked out some of Lang's most forward-thinking pieces that haven't seen the light of day since the Bush years. Ranging from from the kinky to the militant. the all-black range includes a black bomber jacket from 2003, a mesh, bondage-infused tank top, and leather trousers.

But one piece in particular seems particularly illustrative of Lang's legacy as a prophetic designer. In a statement, Linton and Westover say they were inspired by a Helmut Lang interview from 2005 in which the designer claimed that, “It’s dangerous to become overexposed.” “Thirteen years later,” adds Westover, “We live in a culture of extreme overexposure.” Indeed, to represent a prophecy of danger and overexposure, we can think of no more fitting an article of clothing than a bulletproof vest.

See the rest of the collection below.

Velcro Bulletproof Vest, 1997 - $495.00
Credits: IMAGES VIA HELMUT LANG

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