Karl Lagerfeld, Modemethode (Fashion Method), Bonn

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Until September 13, 2015

Karl Lagerfeld is one of the world’s most renowned fashion designers and widely celebrated as an icon of the zeitgeist. Karl Lagerfeld. Modemethode at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the fashion cosmos of this exceptional designer and, with it, to present an important chapter of the fashion history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Karl Lagerfeld is known for injecting classic shapes with new life and for taking fashion into new directions. For the past sixty years – from 1955 to today – Lagerfeld’s creations have consistently demonstrated his extraordinary feel for the ‘now’. Right from the start of his career, the designer has worked for luxury houses such as Balmain, Patou, Fendi, Chloé, Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel. As creative director and chief designer of Chanel since 1983, he is regarded among experts as the sole legitimate successor to the founder and fashion legend Coco Chanel. Since 1965 Lagerfeld has been designing two – of late even four – collections per year for the Italian house of Fendi, not to mention his own eponymous label.

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Karl Lagerfeld is celebrated as a fashion genius not only for continuously revitalising classics like the Chanel suit, but also for endlessly reinventing himself. Having realised by the early 1960s that the future of fashion could not lie in haute couture alone, Lagerfeld embraced the younger ready-to-wear (prêt-à-porter) lines: „Fashion that does not reach the streets is not fashion“ (Lagerfeld). In addition to clothing, Lagerfeld designs a wide range of accessories to accompany his collections. Equally progressive in matters of distribution and marketing, he advocates bold ideas and a paradigm change in the fashion industry. Since the 1990s Lagerfeld has been complementing his work for luxury brands with collaborations with companies that produce affordable clothes for mass audiences. In 2004 he was the first well-known designer to create an exclusive collection for the Swedish fashion retailer H&M – a successful concept that has since continued with other designers, among them Stella McCartney, Comme des Garçons and Versace.

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‘Modemethode’, Karl Lagerfeld’s ‘fashion method’, is his ambitious, all-encompassing approach: From the initial sketch to the finished garment, from the accessories, the architectural setting and music of the fashion shows, to the photographs and graphic design of press material, advertising, catalogues and window displays –  every last little detail is devised by the designer himself.

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Photos: David Ertl, 2015
Courtesy of © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH

Armani/Silos at Milan

L1170225 (Large)„I decided to call it Silos, because this building used to store food, which is, of course, essential for life. For me, just as much as food, clothes are a part of life.“

Giorgio ArmaniL1170223 (Large)40 years ago Giorgio Armani created a new fashion identity, defying the passing of time with subtle shades, smooth fabrics and deconstructed jackets. A thin line between masculine and feminine, between rigour and indulgence, where the secret of modern seduction is unveiled.L1170205 (Large) L1170211 (Large) L1170216 (Large)At the Armani/Silos the designer shows us a glimpse of his world: The dream of a measured, timeless aesthetic approach which has changed not only our way of dressing, but also and above all our way of thinking.L1170185 (Large) L1170179 (Large) L1170177 (Large) L1170175 (Large)L1170168 (Large)Built in 1950 for storing cereals, this large area of 4500 square meters divided over 4 floors, you can enjoy a selection of clothes from 1980 until today. The selection, which does not follow a chronological order, tells the story and shows the styles divided by themes. Themes which have inspired and continue to inspire the creative work of Giorgio Armani.

On the ground floor are the sections of Stars and Daywear. The first floor is dedicated to Exoticism. On the second floor there is a section called Coloration. The third and last floor is dedicated to Glamour.

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11 am – 8 pm

Thursday, Saturday
11 am – 10 pm

Armani/Silos
Via Bergognone, 40
Milan, Italy