A grandiose staging of the fashion designer’s infamous oeuvre, Karl Lagerfeld — Visions of Fashion invites visitors through Florence, Italy’s iconic Palazzo Pitti for an unprecedented viewing of rare and some unpublished photographic and motion works. Commencing at the Renaissance building’s enormous stairwell, the Scalone del Moro, and spanning through to the Appartamenti degli Arazzi—once home to the Medici family—the multi-room exhibition converses with the space’s inherent glamour in an invigorating tour of waxes and wanes; while one nook sees a Chanel campaign series on electronic monitor canvases, another, Daphnis and Chloe, is lost to the ancient Greek tale by Longus, whereby floor-to-ceiling prints re-enact the pastoral romance underneath subversively erotic German narration. Enormous scrolls of a dozen or so printed photographic paper wave adieu for Lagerfeld’s grand finale in the iconic Sala Bianca, the crystal chandelier-laden site of the first fashion shows in the Tuscan city. Curated by Eric Pfrunder and Gerhard Steidl, co-editors of the photobook Karl Lagerfeld: Casa Malaparte, the show premiered this past weekend at Pitti Uomo 90, debuting a brand-new, three-year long program between Pitti Immagine and the Gallerie degli Uffizi dedicated to contemporary fashion.
Karl Lagerfeld — Visions of Fashion is on view through October 23rd, 2016 at Piazza de’ Pitti, 1, Firenze, Italy.