One of the two big exhibitions starting this month is A Visual Journey, a selection of Lagerfeld’s best pictures.
From October 16th till March 20th 2016 at the Paris Pinacotheque Museum.
A glimpse at the mystery man , leading ambassador of French style across the world.
Chanel’s fashion designer began his career as a photographer in 1987 when his friend Eric Pfrunder, Chanel’s Image Director , asked him to take the camera, as he needed new pictures in emergency for a press release. Since then, photography has become another forte of the maestro’s.
« Nowadays, photography has become part of my life. It closes the circle of my artistic and professional preoccupations. »
Lagerfeld has shot so many ads for the famous double C brand founded by Mademoiselle Coco Chanel. He has encouraged the emergence of many muses, such as singer Vanessa Paradis , Devon Aoki , Naomi Campbell and of course his countryfellow Claudia Schiffer, that he crowned supermodel when she was only 19.
Let us remember that his very first supermodel was the French classy lady, Ines de la Fressange, the first exclusive in-house model in the fashion industry to become a star.
Lagerfeld is by far the Frenchiest German since Marlene Dietrich. Born in Germany, the ageless designer, rival to Yves Saint Laurent ( in love and fashion) , has survived all fashion trends and all his fellow designers ( St Laurent, Ferre, Lacroix, Versace, Ungaro, Mugler, Montana…dead or retired ) to remain the last emperor of fashion. He has spent most of his life in his Parisian terrace house, with his butler , a personal chef, and his cute white kitten, called Choupette. The kitten was a gift from his former male egerie, his male Claudia Schiffer; the Marseilles-born, former factory worker turned supermodel and pop singer, Baptiste Giabiconi. Lagerfeld is so saavy at making money, he managed to convert the kitten into a star, that generates millions as a model. Choupette has its own FB page and brand.
Very discreet on his charity work, Kaiser Karl finds any excessive media exposure vulgar, especially for charity purpose However, he is no angel.He is regularly criticised for his despising obesity and fatness, his biggest phobia. Remembver the controversy about singer Adele. The Skyfall diva rightfully retorted when he criticised her being fat. The designer quickly apologised, for fear of losing his job. There are limits to his « judgementalness » and business is business. He has basically deleted his family from his memory, barely communicating any more with his sister who settled down in the USA , leading a very basic life in New Jersey.
« I am happy to be able to dedicate my life to what interests me most : photography, fashion and books, in the most perfect conditions ever. I am very lucky. »
Lagerfeld is very versatile a photographer. Mainly into fashion photography, however always innovative with a unique sharpness.
« I dont have any style , but several ones, or none. One should never remain still, neither in life , nor in fashion, nor in photography « .
If you like his photography, drop by the Pinacotheque, on the Madeleine plaza.Metro Opera, RER Auber, and of course Metro Madeleine. You can also walk from Metro Concorde towards la Madeleine , easily recognisable with its church.
It looks a bit like the National Assembly, the lower Chamber of Parliament, but it’s not.
The Pinacotheque is easy to find, not far from Fauchon. Place de la Madeleine. 75008 Paris.
• Opening hours: everyday from 10h30 to 18h30 (rooms closing at 18h15).
Night hours on wednesdays and fridays till 20h30 (rooms closing at 20h15).
On Xmas Day 2015 and on New Year Day 2016 , the museum will be open from 14h to 18h30.
Ticketing is at Pinacothèque 2, located at 8, Rue Vignon. ( just behind)
• Simple ticket (permanent collections included )
Full rate : 13 € , Concessions: 11 €
• Online tickets, no queue. (permanent collections included )
To be purchased on www.pinacotheque.com
Full rate : 14,50 €*, Concessions : 12,50 €*
*Booking surcharge of 1,50€ .