As part of the Saint Laurent Rive Droite project, Anthony Vaccarello has collaborated with artist Helmut Lang to work on a set of unique sculptures. His unique ability to turn items, either raw or discarded, into pieces of art, made him the perfect partner for this project.
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In his quest for new partnerships and ideas to expand the identity of Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello has handpicked Helmut Lang, whose body of work in fashion reflect a strict construction that can be seen as an underground influence upon Anthony’s vision. He has always admired and respected Helmut Lang, who made a name for himself from the late 80s and on by inventing a brand new design language that is still the ultimate embodiment of minimalism, modernity and restrained opulence. Helmut has been part of Anthony Vaccarello’s inspiration as a designer but also as a person who always made the right choice. Also concerned with modern issues like sustainability, durability, lasting power of the ever-shifting nature of fashion collections and cycles, Anthony Vaccarello has found the perfect interlocutor for a project that is also a dialogue. – from Saint Laurent
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Vaccarello invited Helmut Lang to work with past collections he made for Saint Laurent, to make his creations for the house into another form of art. He used clothing and accessory prototypes, garments and jewels left unfinished and deserted, and morphed them into a new life. Shredded, mixed with a pigmented resin then molded in aluminum, these former fashion objects will become primal totems with unique textures.
The sculptures will be displayed at Rive Droite, first in Paris, then in Los Angeles and will be available for sale.