Austrian-born fashion designer Helmut Lang, decided to shred his archive to create 16 columns for an exhibition called Make it Hard at contemporary art gallery The Fireplace Project in East Hampton, New York, presented by Neville Wakefield. Wakefield describes the exhibition:
Lang’s ambiguous forms are made not of stone or bronze, but of the objects and things he created during his twenty odd years as a fashion designer. The archive that stood testament to his immense achievement within that field – he had shredded. The materials and fabrics he used to give temporary definition to the body are now just traces of natural and synthetic fibers, plastics, metals, leathers, fur, skins, feathers and hair – erasing the past and the difference they once stood for.
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