New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is reportedly set to open a major retrospective dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld in 2022. The museum’s head curator, Andrew Bolton, is said to be behind the showcase which is still in its infancy.


WWD reported that few details have been disclosed and added that The Met refuses to comment on future exhibitions. The museum hosted an exhibition focused on Chanel, where Lagerfeld was its creative director for 26 years, in 2005.

The famed designer hated the word ‘retrospective’, preferring to look forward rather than back. “This is one of the sicknesses of our period, to look back,” he once said. “No, forget about it. Fashion is now and tomorrow. Who cares about the past?” 

An exhibition exploring Lagerfeld’s legacy, personality and greatest collections would doubtlessly be a blockbuster for the Met, drawing visitors from around the world.

The Met has not revealed plans for its 2020 exhibition, which will mark the 150th anniversary of the revered museum, except that the theme will take inspiration from the costume institute’s permanent collection.

Abiodun Odusola

Creative Writer. Nature's Muse.

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