Wild & Lethal Trash AW1996 "Black Swans Gang" Cycling Top

Wild & Lethal Trash AW1996 "Black Swans Gang" Cycling Top


Walter van Beirendonck’s fall 1996 runway presentation was beset by numerous mishaps out of his control, including a last minute venue change due to the wave of terrorism which riddled France all summer, and crucial production material being tied up in customs after being mistaken for cocaine. Despite these bizarre acts of unfortunate chance, the final product displayed much of the left-field brilliance which defined his sub-label. The inspirations were characteristically oblique, (as one would expect from the mind of a man who once detailed his key inspirations as “horses” and “Papua New Guinea”) with visuals being drawn from Ken dolls and Bavarian castles. Some of Walter’s most prescient nods to the future surfaced, including pockets for cell phones, and light up t-shirts which spoke when pressed.

This cycling top features a swan in reference to the aforementioned Bavarian castle — Neuschwanstein — which is full of ornate homages to the bird. Walter deployed brash neon cycling tops several different times during his label’s tenure. Their slim fitted silhouette and zippable closure made their inherent properties a natural fit within the club kid aesthetic he often put forth.

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

Tagged size: M

Shoulder: 19in

Pit to pit: 21in

Length: 27in

Sleeve: 23in

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