In a unique collaboration that pays homage to designs that created fashion history and which still influence what we wear today, Carmen-backed contemporary vintage specialists Byronesque have joined forces with pre-owned clothing e-tailer Vestiaire Collective to launch a one-off pop-up.
Curated by Byronesque founder Gill Linton, the 200-piece collection, available exclusively from Vestiaire, includes some of the most iconic items from the 80s, 90s and early 00s, and from brands such as Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela and Helmut Lang. “We’re ready to encourage more people to invest in better clothes and not put vintage on a museum pedestal,” said Linton of the collaboration. “It’s better to buy one great thing and make it last as part of a uniform, than it is to buy pieces because of the moment.”
To celebrate the launch of the pop-up, renowned photographer Derek Ridgers directed a short film entitled ‘No Ticket No Coat’ that captures the spirit of the 80s club scene. Featuring cameos by Carmen and Michèle Lamy, it was shot in La Java, Paris’s oldest club. It “pays tribute to a time when what you wore mattered more than who you were,” said Byronesque creative director Justin Westover.
Included in the limited-time-only collection are some runway pieces that were never produced commercially, such as Martin Margiela's 2003 boot leggings, unique items with provenance, such as the mohair jumper that Vivienne Westwood made in 1976 for the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten, and pivotal designs including Helmut Lang’s 1999 “bulletproof” vest.