Raf Simons’ Autumn/Winter 1998-1999 collection, ‘Radioactivity’, stands out as one of, if not the strongest, collection of his earlier years. The Kraftwerk-inspired season featured a heavy focus on outerwear and knitwear, as the models walked the runway wearing cobweb knits and deliberately-dishevelled jumpers with patterns of black ink that crept across models’ faces. With a soundtrack performed by the German electronic band, the show was a direct homage to the group with his Radioactivity show, staged in the grandiose surroundings of Paris’ Moulin Rouge.
This t-shirt is constructed in 100% thick woven cotton intentionally constructing a mesh appearance, allowing for partial transparency. One pocket is seen to be placed on the left chest, the edges of the garment feature frayed and unfinished hems which will increase with wear. The overall fit is boxy with a shorter length in the body. Notice how an “RAF SIMONS ARCHIVES” tag has been stitched on top of the original dated tag, this is leftover from a sample sale within the years thereafter.