Helmut Lang Reissues Iconic Bondage Styles

Helmut Lang Reissues Iconic Bondage Styles

Austrian artist and designer Helmut Lang's ready-to-wear collections often featured fetish themes and grappled with power dynamics. Although Lang is no longer involved with his namesake label, the brand's "Re-Edition" series is keeping these themes and the designer's most iconic pieces alive.

For capsule's third volume, the brand collaborated Justin Westover, creative director of Byronesque, the go-to shopping app for elusive vintage designer pieces from the late 1970s to the mid '90s. The reissued, bondage-themed styles include a pleated skirt with corset-like ties, a split-hem tank with the marbling of a static TV, a Velcro vest based on the silhouette of a bulletproof version, and an inverted, triangular top that ties around the waist.

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Upon leaving his brand in 2005, the former designer gave an interview in which he warned of the dangers of overexposure. Inspired by that notion, Westover selected a range of muted styles originally released between 1994 and 2004. While these garments seem quiet on a surface level, they convey a deeper, more discreet sense of sex appeal that counters the excessive exposure of our times.

Available on the brand's website today, see each piece in the Helmut Lang: Re-Editions series, below.

Split Hem Bondage Tank, $230; HelmutLang.com

Images Courtesy of Helmut Lang