Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows
Nov. 7, 2023 - Jan. 25, 2020
An exhibition of works by artist Simon Procter featuring photography from his book of the same name, which was published by Rizzoli in September.
Procter enjoyed unparalleled access to Karl Lagerfeld’s legendary runway shows for Chanel. The works on view provide a glimpse of some of Lagerfeld’s most iconic fashion shows including “Chanel Beach, Spring/Summer 2019, Le Grand Palais, Paris,” in which models walked along a long, sandy beach lapped by real waves inside Paris’ Grand Palais, and “Chanel Ultra Rocket, Fall Winter 2017, Le Grand Palais, Paris,” in which a realistic rocket gave the illusion of launching, complete with sparks and smoke, from inside the same venue. The featured works also highlight Procter’s unique aesthetic, which synthesizes his fine art background in painting and sculpture with fashion photography to document the grand scale of runway shows and the architectural spaces in which they take place. More than mere documentation, however, many of the exhibited works illustrate Procter’s intense post-production methods which truly capture the spirit of the ephemeral runway shows.