||LOUISE BOURGEOIS AND HELMUT LANG COLLABORATE ON A LIMITED EDITION OF SCARVES AND T-SHIRTS
Helmut Lang has designed a limited edition of scarves and T-shirts for his men's Autumn/Winter 04/05 collection, with a print of the sculpture Janus in Leather Jacket by artist Louise Bourgeois, Lang's friend and collaborator.
Bourgeois created the bronze sculpture in 1968; the print was chosen by Lang and Bourgeois specifically for Lang's Autumn/Winter 04/05 collection.
Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and the guardian of gates and doors, is historically depicted by two faces looking in opposite directions. He was worshipped at the beginning of their planting time, harvest, marriage, birth and other important beginnings in a person's life. He represents the transition between primitive life and civilization, between rural and urban existence and the balance between youth and old age.
"Janus swings in both directions. Its double head is one head looking to the past and one head looking to the future," says Bourgeois.
Lang and Bourgeois have collaborated on several occasions, including the 1998 exhibit at the Kunsthalle Vienna, together with Jenny Holzer. Most recently, Lang designed a limited edition T-shirt with a print by Louise Bourgeois for the F/W 03/04 collection.
The T-shirts and cashmere-silk scarves are available in a variety of colors at Helmut Lang shops and selected stores worldwide.