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A paper palace, made of Gmund paper

Karl Lagerfeld and Gmund Paper – a recurring process

Photography: David Ertl, 2015 © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH

"I must always feel the paper under my hands so that I can express myself", Lagerfeld said in an interview in "Vogue" on the occasion of the "Karl Lagerfeld: Fashion Methods" exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn.

Everything begins on paper. From the first design sketches to the complete garment, as well as from the accessories, through the architectural staging to the graphic design for the press, advertising, catalogues and window decorations, every detail comes directly from the mind and hand of the designer himself. This gifted designer’s recurrent process begins anew each time. And Gmund Paper plays an essential role in it. 

Everything in this exhibition, which celebrated its grand opening on 28 March, revolves around fashion design and paper, the material on which Karl Lagerfeld’s dreams and visions manifest themselves. The exhibition’s highlight is the Paper Palace, which is made of Gmund paper. The Gmund Colors Transparent collection was lasered and then shaped into a magnificent arched structure consisting of thousands of little paper flowers that stretch across Karl Lagerfeld’s impressive haute couture gowns. A brilliant installation: high-quality Gmund paper in harmony with Karl Lagerfeld’s breath-taking designs.

In another room, four-metre-tall walls made of 1,800 Gmund Colors sketchpads present a selection of Lagerfeld’s sketches, all of which have already been transformed into fashions. Twenty rolls of 100%-cotton Original Gmund paper in a delicate white tone were used for the entry hall. 

"Karl Lagerfeld has formatively influenced the world of fashion for more than 60 years, but few others can rival the timeliness of his cutting-edge creations. Each of his designs has its own distinctive profile, each one breathes the spirit of the time, and each has its own clear style, which varies depending upon the specific fashion house and collection", says the exhibition’s curator Rein Wolfs. 126 looks and numerous accessories are presented comprehensively and for the first time. Together, they impressively recount an important chapter in the history of 20th- and 21st-century fashion. The exhibition can be viewed until 13 September.

About Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld is renowned for his extraordinary ability to create contemporary renewals of classical forms and to give new impulses to the world of fashion. Throughout an interval of more than 60 years – from 1955 to the present day – his creations for fashion houses such as Chloé, Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel have testified to his unconventional sensitivity for each era’s trends and its distinct feeling for life, both in haute couture and as prêt-à-porter. The artistic director and chief designer at Chanel since 1983, he is acknowledged by experts to be the sole legitimate heir to the founder and fashion legend Coco Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld has regularly created two – and more recently four – new collections each year for Fendi, the Italian fashion house.

About the exhibition "Karl Lagerfeld: Fashion Methods"

Exhibition’s director: Dr. Angelica Francke. Exhibition’s designer: Gerhard Steidl
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Public Relations
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About the paper factory Gmund

Gmund Paper has been synonymous with paper culture and the ecological fabrication of unique communications media from natural paper since 1829.

The cellulose used in all of Gmund’s papers is FSC® certified.

Custom-tailored solutions for sustainable brand identities are created at the development and production site in the town of Gmund on the shores of Lake Tegernsee. Circa 75% of the papers are exported. A family-owned business, Gmund Paper is directed by fourth-generation papermaker Florian Kohler.


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