Meeting the Genius of Karl Lagerfeld

 Photos by Jennifer Zehl

Well, I didn't actually meet Karl but his aura was everywhere at the exhibition "Karl Lagerfeld. Parallele Gegensätze" at the Museum Folkwang Essen. From now until May 11 it shows the worldwide largest collection of Karl's diverse work including photographys, films, drawings, stage designs and haute couture dresses from the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2013/14 collection. My heart melted!

The exhibition takes place in 11 themed rooms plus a movie theater and a pop-up store of the Parisian Karl Lagerfeld book store. The heart of the exhibit is the CHANEL room. Every single sketch Karl draws is a piece of art. And then seeing how the finished dress made from that sketch looks like in real life is a dream. Couture heaven! 
But apart from fashion Karl Lagerfeld has so many more talents. He is an amazing photographer for instance. His conception of the setting is perfect, as well as his technique and presentation. Sometimes photos can only take effect when they are presented in a certain frame and hung in a certain way after all.  To only name one, the series "A portrait of Dorian Gray" (2005) was very impressive in which a man and a woman seem to be photographed in the same position several times while they age.

For my visit I went for a Chanel inspired outfit in black and white. The bouclé jacket is a Chanel classic, no question, an the white shirt with the high collar is a little bit Karl himself. The tights with the seam ad to the vintage look. I thought about wearing heels but it seemed a little over the top for that matter and flats are a Chanel classic anyways. Unfortunately I don't own a Chanel bag yet, but this is definately a wish I will make come true at some point.

The exhibition is a must for every fashion lover I must say. There are not a lot of events where you have the chance to get so close to the genius Karl Lagerfeld, Germany's most famous fashion designer.


Blazer: Mango Suit
Shirt: Mango Suit
Pleated Skirt: H&M
Tights: Falke
Bag: Coccinelle
Flats: Bernini Düsseldorf

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