Helmut Lang donation

Helmut Lang high heels with pony hair fringe

© Helmut Lang

MoMu and its collection department celebrate a significant donation of fifty-one pieces by Helmut Lang. This wonderful donation gathers a variety of some iconic and minimalistic pieces, including mostly ready-to-wear, but also some fantastic accessories and shoes. The generous donation — MoMu kindly thanks the house of Helmut Lang — compiles an interesting selection that goes from the spring/summer 1999 all the way to the spring/summer 2005 collection, all containing a balanced mixture between Helmut Lang’s menswear and womenswear.

Helmut Lang men's spring/summer 2005 runway photo

© Helmut Lang

The collection department emphasizes the fact that, accompanying the actual donation, Helmut Lang presented MoMu with an important photographic material illustrating some of the collections donated, which are available in MoMu library for the public use and it should facilitate research projects on the Austrian fashion designer.

Helmut Lang spring/summer 2004 runway photo

© Helmut Lang

Amongst some of the desirable pieces, the spring/summer 2005 men’s pair of white denims, printed with bright coloured flowers and leafs motifs in a very sort of organic shape, looking like if they had been painted on denim, certainly gives a daring bit of colour to a very clean and monochromatic, but none the less sophisticated men’s collection. This acquisition features from the spring/summer 2004 women’s collection, a cut out sleeveless cotton red dress, with shinny tulle net as under slip appearing at the dress hem, suggesting a fresh sexy-chic Summer look; the jersey skirt with metallic leather details, featuring one sort of metallic tube coming out of the skirt hem, is an intricate and a cool edgy piece. For those obsessed with shoes, MoMu was presented with a pair of high-heels sandals with pony hair fringe, from the autumn/winter 2004/2005, a very successful design piece from that collection. This particular donation enables MoMu to collect, but also to tell a story about a designer who made simplicity look chic, and interpreted minimalism with great authenticity. Thanks to Helmut Lang.