Over the course of his 54-year tenure at FENDI, Karl Lagerfeld played a vital role in shaping the history of the Roman house, as well as becoming a beloved member of the Fendi family. Dedicated to illuminating his process and creative vision, ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty’ will invite the public into Karl’s world and reveal the dualities within his work. The exhibition will be open to the public from May 5th through July 16th, 2023. As a sponsor of the exhibit, the Maison is proud to share that Major support is provided by FENDI.
“The bond between Karl Lagerfeld and FENDI is fashion’s longest love story,” said Silvia Venturini Fendi, its Artistic Director of Accessories and Menswear.
Hired in 1965 by the five Fendi sisters – over five decades Karl transformed the family’s house into a playground of creativity, powered by his extraordinary and boundless imagination. It is that same vision that is celebrated throughout the exhibition, which traces his stylistic vocabulary and explores the unique working methodology that inspired such freedom. FENDI is proud to play a role in revealing that story.
On the occasion of the 2023 Met Gala, FENDI is proud to host a table with Artistic Directors Kim Jones, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, and Chairman & CEO Serge Brunschwig. FENDI guests include Kate Moss, Lila Grace Moss, Precious Lee, Gwendoline Christie, Christina Ricci, Suki Waterhouse, Robert Pattinson, and FENDI Korean Ambassador Hye Kyo Song.
Additional guests wearing FENDI for the evening include Eva Chen, Elizabeth Shaffer, Willow Bay, Huma Abedin, as well as Pete Davidson in FENDI Men’s.
FENDI Artistic Director of Accessories and Menswear Silvia Venturini Fendi wears a custom FENDI look inspired by vintage Karl Lagerfeld.
Silvia Venturini Fendi wears a special FENDI remake of a dress inspired by a Karl Lagerfeld Fall/Winter 1986 creation, which featured many nodes, layers criss-crossed and asymmetric elements. The dress is made in wool crepe fabric with contrasting satin collar and cuffs.
FENDI Artistic Director of Jewelry Delfina Delettrez Fendi wears a custom FENDI look inspired by vintage Karl Lagerfeld.
Delfina Delettrez Fendi wears a custom FENDI look, with a print inspired by the Spring/Summer 1988 collection by Karl Lagerfeld. The column shape of the gown is realized from Couture Spring/Summer 2023 silhouette by Kim Jones. The Spring/Summer 1988 collection by Karl Lagerfeld featured print portrays Anna Piaggi, the ‘silent movie star’ that Karl Lagerfeld sketched more than 250 times in the 1970’s, and then used as an inspiration source for the collection. The dress is made of embroidered chanakya, with all over micro cuts embroidered on printed silk georgette.
Model Kate Moss wears a FENDI Couture Bespoke look by Kim Jones.
Kate Moss wears a FENDI Couture/Spring Summer 2023 Bespoke look by Kim Jones, created exclusively for Kate Moss. This stunning pink lingerie column dress is realized in nervures of silk satin with lace manipulations, joint with micro ajours. The lace placed on the bust and side represent a floral motif with a soaring silhouette playing with transparencies for an extreme feminine allure. The detachable silk georgette long sleeves evoke a floating, ethereal sensation in movement.
Model Lila Grace Moss wears a vintage FENDI Couture look by Karl Lagerfeld.
Lila Grace Moss wears a FENDI Couture Fall/Winter 2018-19 gown by Karl Lagerfeld. This dress is made of marabou feathers treated to appear as fur. The voluminous shapes of the upper and lower sections are joint by a transparent, net, silk embroidered bustier.
Model Precious Lee wears a FENDI Women’s look by Kim Jones.
Precious Lee wears a FENDI Women’s Autumn/Winter 2023 gown by Kim Jones. The silk and cotton gown is inspired by minimalism mixed with sensuality; a feminine and fluid silhouette with drape details, drawing inspiration from the couture show.
Actress Gwendoline Christie wears a FENDI Couture look by Kim Jones.
Gwendoline Christie wears a FENDI Couture/Spring Summer 2023 gown by Kim Jones. The look represents an ode to femininity with classic couture elements reinterpreted in the FENDI way. Soft drapings in silk georgette gently envelop the silhouette bringing attention to the waist. Feminine and delicate at the same time, the dress embodies fluid movement, and features a surprising revealing back. The look is completed with detachable long sleeves.
Actress Christina Ricci wears a FENDI Couture look by Kim Jones.
Christina Ricci wears a FENDI Couture Spring/Summer 2023 by Kim Jones. This top and skirt ensemble is the result of special couture techniques applied on the development of the trompe l’oeil lurex fabric as well as on the jacquard embroideries. A very thin, soft lurex yarn is used on luminous printed fabric to create the draped top and skirt. Once the ensemble is engineered, the fabric is scanned and re-elaborated to place shadows to increase lightness. The skirt is embroidered through jacquard manipulations in half circle in different steps. The skirt is draped and hooked on the side with a carabiner designed by Delfina Delettrez Fendi.
Actress and singer Suki Waterhouse wears a vintage FENDI Women’s look by Karl Lagerfeld.
Suki Waterhouse wears a FENDI Women’s Spring/Summer 2019 gown by Karl Lagerfeld. The silk tulle dress from the Women’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection plays with the symmetries of the natural world and airy, glass-like transparencies, conferring lightness and ethereality.
Actress and FENDI Korea Brand Ambassador Song Hye Kyo wears a FENDI Couture look by Kim Jones.
Hye Kyo Song wears a FENDI Couture Spring/Summer 2023 by Kim Jones. The romantic A line dress is inspired by the minimalism of the 90’s, enriched with traditional couture techniques mixed with a sophisticated modern elegance. Kim Jones’ Couture Spring/Summer 2023 collection features a lingerie theme, showing a vision of romantic, delicate yet cool femininity. Silk satin is reworked with pintucks and lac manipulations creating an ethereal silhouette playing with volume and transparencies.
Instagram Head of Fashion Eva Chen wears a FENDI Couture look by Kim Jones.
Eva Chen wears a FENDI Couture Autumn/Winter 2022 gown by Kim Jones. Inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring/Summer 2000 creation, the dress is revisited, playing with a different effect of paillettes and recreating a patchwork. The rouches follow the body lines in a sinuous-organic way. These spirals softly envelop the silhouette bringing attention to the waist, feminine and delicate at the same time. This stunning gown in silk chiffon creponne is realized in bias, inlayed and embroidered. Using silver paillettes, geometries are recreated and placed in order to enhance the movements of the ruffles. Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring/Summer 2000 gown is currently on display at FENDI 57th street boutique as part of an archival tribute to the ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty’ exhibition.
Elizabeth Shaffer wears a FENDI Couture look by Kim Jones.
Elizabeth Shaffer wears a FENDI Couture Autumn/Winter 2022 by Kim Jones. The rich sport-chic gown is crafted in silk yarn worked with the laborious full needles technique, featuring silk contrasted intarsia details. Taking inspiration from Japanese geometries and Obi details, Kim Jones translates very traditional elements into an uber luxuriously modern elegance. The attentive study of columns and slits on the sides enhance a fluid yet minimal femininity. The back of the gown surprises with a daring asymmetrical neckline.
Willow Bay wears a FENDI Couture look by Kim Jones.
Willow Bay wears a FENDI Couture Autumn/Winter 2022 by Kim Jones. The column dress is made in double silk satin and all over embroidered with glass bugle beads creating a lustrous compact texture. The long and lean silhouette with a ‘back to front’ polo collar and dropped shoulders creates an effortless allure, embodying the concept of ease and coolness.
Huma Abedin wears a vintage FENDI Haute Fourrure look by Karl Lagerfeld.
Huma Abedin wears a FENDI Haute Fourrure Fall/Winter 2017-18 by Karl Lagerfeld. The waterfall dragonfly dress features black lace net with all over mink and threads embroidery.
Actor and comedian Pete Davidson wears custom FENDI Mens by Silvia Venturini Fendi.
Pete Davidson wears FENDI Men’s black coat with tonal saint sleeves and velvet details, , and lilac leather trousers with black belt.