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Karl Lagerfeld prepares to launch mega fashion retrospective

The Chanel and Fendi designer is set to open his biggest retrospective yet at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany

With over 30 years at Chanel under his belt and 50 at Fendi, it's kind of about time that Karl Lagerfeld was given his own fashion retrospective, don't you think? The Bundeskunsthalle museum in Bonn, Germany is trying to rectify things with Modemethode, Lagerfeld's biggest showcase in his home country yet. 

Described by the museum as the "first comprehensive exhibition to explore the fashion cosmos of this exceptional designer", we haven't heard too much about the show since it was announced last year – but the first details are beginning to trickle through courtesy of Vogue international editor Suzy Menkes.

Previewing the show today on Instagram, she said: "The Karl Lagerfeld exhibition in Bonn Germany starts with this drawing and a reincarnation of his desk with its piles of books, pencils, crayons and the paper – fresh or crumpled and discarded – which is the theme of the show curated by Amanda Harlech and the museum director Rein Wolfs."

Getting to see the (sort of) actual place where fashion's most prolific designer comes up with all his collections? Priceless.

Harlech is Lagerfeld's longtime muse, advisor and friend – so you know that Modemethode (meaning "fashion method") means business. The exhibition features campaign images, Lagerfeld-designed garments from Fendi, Chanel and Chloé over the decades and little-seen sketches and peeks into his creative process. It's not quite being at a Chanel show, but it's probably about as close as most of us will ever get.