See Inside Fashion Guru Karl Lagerfeld’s Retrospective at German Museum

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Karl Lagerfeld.
Photo: Business of Fashion.
Installation shot. Photo: courtesy Bundeskunsthalle.
Installation shot. Photo: courtesy Bundeskunsthalle.
Installation shot. Photo: courtesy Bundeskunsthalle.
Installation shot. Photo: courtesy Bundeskunsthalle.
Installation shot. Photo: courtesy Bundeskunsthalle.

A  museum retrospective of 81-year-old German fashion guru Karl Lagerfeld is set to open March 28 at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany.

The exhibition, titled “Modemethode” will be a comprehensive look back at his six-decade career in fashion which includes designing for powerhouses Chanel, Fendi, and Chloé. Vogue international editor Suzy Menkes shared images of the upcoming show on her Instagram account.

Visitors can expect to see a bevy of haute couture gowns, including a wedding gown adorned with gold buttons and trailing a hand-embroidered gold cape that a very pregnant model Ashleigh Good wore down Chanel’s fall 2014 runway.

Also spotted was a mannequin sporting frizzy red locks (inspired by Vogue‘s creative director Grace Coddington) wearing a Chloé guitar-inspired beaded dress worn by actress muse Chloë Sevigny for the French house’s 60th anniversary bash.

Curated by his longtime consultant, Amanda Harlech, and organized by the museum’s director, Rein Wolfs, the exhibition will also feature some of his most important designs, accessories, sketches, both realized and unrealized, as well as ad campaigns and an army of Chanel suits. The only remade piece in the entire show is his yellow button-down dress that won him (at age 21) the Woolmark prize in 1954—a defining moment in the German designer’s career.

According to Menkes, “The Karl Lagerfeld exhibition in Bonn, Germany, starts with [a] drawing and a reincarnation of his desk, with its piles of books, pencils, crayons, and the paper—fresh or crumpled and discarded—which is the theme of the show.”

Modemethode” will open March 28 at Bundeskunsthalle and will be on view until September 13, 2015.


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