Helmut Lang is an Austrian fashion
designer (born in March 10, 1956 in
Austria) known for his minimalist, deconstructivist,
and often severe designs.
Lang studied business, but switched over
to fashion and opened his first studio in
1977. His clothes were fairly successful
in his native Austria, and he branched out
to Paris in 1986.
At this time in the late 1980's and early
1990's, minimalist fashion was at its height,
and Helmut Lang himself being very popular
and successful. Clothes are made with very
sharp lines and careful cuts, creating basic
but extremely elegant silhouettes in high
quality and often high-tech fabrics.
Minimalism has lost some of its popularity,
partially due to the recent prominence of
designers such as
Dolce and Gabbana,
but the movement seems to be returning,
albeit in a different form, for the 2005-2006
Currently, he makes both a women's and
men's lines, but he keeps his collection
under a single name. Helmut Lang does have
an underwear and jeans lines, but he otherwise
prefers to keep the brand unified to solidify
the its identity and strength.
Despite the quality of the clothes and
the slight revival of minimalist fashion
this year, the brand has not been faring
well. After disputes with the
Lang left his own brand in February 2005.
Lang now joins the growing group of designer
CFDA Menswear Designer
of the Year in 2000.
You can learn more
Lang from their website.
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