For less than the third time, the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork’s Costume Institute will mount an exhibition devoted to a single designer: Karl Lagerfeld. The late prolific German designer, the New York Occasions stories, follows Alexander McQueen and Comme Des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo, who every acquired blockbuster exhibits—and noticed their work interpreted on the pink carpet of the Met Gala, which celebrates the annual exhibition.
Lagerfeld’s personal emotions about retrospectives of his work are well-known: “I’m certain he would hate it,” Andrew Bolton, the curator for the Costume Institute accountable for the exhibition, instructed the Occasions. “He’d most likely nonetheless refuse to return,” Bolton added, referencing Lagerfeld’s no-show at his personal Chanel retrospective held on the Met in 2005.
Earlier than he handed in 2019, Lagerfeld oversaw a big handful of collections and trend exhibits for Chanel, Fendi, and his personal namesake label. Add what he designed within the early levels of his profession at Chloé, Balmain, and Patou, and there’s a large archive of Lagerfeld’s work to sift by way of. Whereas the exhibit will solely showcase roughly 150 of Lagerfeld’s designs, Bolton mentioned that he began with someplace in between 5,000 to 10,000 items.That is nice information for museumgoersand Met Gala attendees, who could have a buffet of choices to select from.
Particularly, the exhibit will deal with the connection between the designer’s sketches and the clothes they finally grew to become. “[The sketches] can appear very charming and expressionistic to the untrained eye, however they have been nearly mathematical of their precision, nearly like a secret language between Karl and the ateliers,” Bolton mentioned. Featured items will likely be accompanied by video interviews from heads of the ateliers Lagerfeld labored with (Chanel alone boasts 26 homes).
The exhibit will function all method of wink-winks, elbow nudges, and Lagerfeld nerdery to the realizing fanatic. Bolton is breaking the exhibit into 10 sections, as a nod to the designer’s September tenth birthday, and every of those will embody seven items, as a result of that was Lagerfeld’s fortunate quantity. These sections will then be organized in a straight line—representing “Lagerfeld’s extra modernist, classical work”—and a “serpentine” line, which represents his “historicist and romantic designs,” in response to the Occasions. The reasoning? “In Roman mythology the straight line entwined by an S line is the image of Mercury, the god of commerce and communication,” Bolton mentioned. “And arguably the trendy god of commerce and communication was Karl.” Additionally, there may be a drone buzzing above attendees’ heads as a result of Bolton believes Lagerfeld would have been reincarnated as a drone.