​lagerfeld retrospective opens in bonn

The designer’s work from 1955 for Balmain, Patou, Fendi, Chloe, Chanel and his own label will all be on show.

by Stuart Brumfitt
29 March 2015, 11:24am

CHANEL Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2010/11 Photo © Karl Lagerfeld

Lagerfeld is not a man who likes to dwell on the past - "I like today and perhaps a little future still, but the past is really something I'm not interested in" - so it comes as some surprise that the he's agreed to a retrospective of his work at the Bundeskuntshalle in Bonn. There can be few designers who have as much in the archive as King Karl though: not only is he a prodigious talent, but he's also a very productive one, creating hundreds of collections for luxury houses Balmain, Patou, Fendi, Chloe and Chanel since 1955.

Studio Chanel, Pre-Collection, spring/summer 2012. Drawing © Karl Lagerfeld

Throughout his career, Lagerfeld has proved to be a designer unafraid of popular opinion, starting off in couture, becoming an early adopter of ready-to-wear, and even being the first of the big name designers to dare put his name to a high street H&M collaboration without the fear it affecting his luxury status. The show is entitled Modemethode, or "fashion method", Karl's concept of being involved in every aspect of the process, from sketching to shows, photos to windows, It's been curated by his muse and creative consultant Amanda Harlech (as well as Rein Wolfs) so is bound to have extra intimate insight into the designer's creations and what went into them.

Modemethode runs 28th March - 13th September 


Karl Lagerfeld