mapplethorpe x helmut lang l

blog page ‘helmut lang, robert mapplethorpe’

helmut lang campaign ss 97
photography: robert mapplethorpe, self portrait 1975
copyright © the estate of robert mapplethorpe


Austrian designer Helmut Lang is one of the designers who defined fashion in the ’90s with his elegant, disruptive and minimalist silhouettes. He expressed his brand’s aesthetic through photography, typography and his art-meets-fashion collaborations with Jenny Holzer and the Robert Mapplethorpe estate. No campaign captures that better than his 1997 appropriation of Robert Mapplethorpe’s self-portrait taken in 1975 from the blogpage. Featuring no clothes at all, the campaign combined the work of two visionary artists with the utmost simplicity.

Clothes were often an after-thought in many of Lang’s campaigns, in this post they are entirely absent, further reinforcing the importance of concept over commerciality for Lang.

advertorial campaign helmut lang 1998                                              American Flag, 1977, Robert Mapplethorpe                    Copyright: © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation