The Vine

Vintage Icons: Byronesque x Vestiaire Collective


Sheer tank by Helmut Lang; Fragile bag by Maison Martin Margiela

What makes vintage clothing so unique is that so many of the pieces are a real testament to the history of fashion and capture the cultural zeitgeist of the time (unlike what’s happening in fashion currently, but that is a whole other conversation…)

It’s precisely for this reason that we are super excited about the collaboration between pre-owned fashion website Vestiaire Collective and vintage specialists Byronesque. The collection, which goes live today, is any fashion buff’s dream thanks to a curated selection of 200 rare archive pieces from rule-breaking designers that continue to define fashion including Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Maison Martin Margiela, Vivienne Westwood, Helmut Lang and Jean Paul Gaultier.


Leather trench by Gaultier; Robe by Comme des Garcons

Aside from being iconic in their own right, many of the styles featured capture an important moment in fashion history and come with their own story – think Westwood’s punk era pieces and seminal creations from Martin Margiela (many of which happen to be featured in the current retrospective showing at Palais Galliera in Paris).

Our personal favourites include Margiela’s Semi-Couture dressmakers bodice apron from 1997, painted tabi shoes from 2004 and the Fragile bag covered in tape from 2006 which questioned the fragility of fashion (it couldn’t be more relevant today!) There’s also a Comme Des Garcons show robe from 1986 and a very chic Gaultier leather trench from 1998. More pieces are featured in a film made especially for the launch which was shot by subculture legend Derek Ridgers.

Looking ahead, Vestiaire Collective also plans to launch a more permanent Archive Series showcasing unique vintage collections.

Prices start at 450 euros on www.vestiairecollective.com

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