From July 4-14, the Pont Alexandre III in Paris hosts a temporary show of artwork by Karl Lagerfeld, sponsored by Fendi. The Italian fashion house, already involved in the restoration of the Trevi fountain, again highlights its attachment to Rome’s architectural heritage with this exhibition devoted to the Eternal City’s fountains.
The exhibition of photographs by Karl Lagerfeld, entitled “The Glory of Water”, is a tribute to the fountains of Rome as seen through the eyes of the German-born designer. The free exhibition, housed in a series of domes on the Seine riverbank under the Pont Alexandre III, is timed to coincide with the summer Couture Fashion Shows in Paris and, concurrently, the official opening of Fendi’s new Paris store at 51, Avenue Montaigne on July 5th.
On the same occasion, Fendi will exclusively screen a restored version of a short film, “Histoire d’Eau”, made by Jacques de Bascher in 1977 in conjunction with Karl Lagerfeld’s very first ready-to-wear collection for Fendi. A true forerunner of today’s “fashion films”, the 18-minute movie revolves around—Roman fountains!
After Paris, the exhibit will embark on a worldwide tour and a book containing the complete collection of photos by Fendi’s Creative Director for women’s ready-to-wear will be published by Steidl.