Karl Lagerfeld as ‘Fashion Pope’
Chanel and Fendi creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, will star in a four hour documentary on German TV screens this September.
The German designer will be the star of this documentary, which will compare fashion to religion, placing the iconic designer on a pedestal.
Mode Als Relgion is the brain child of TV journalist Martina Neuen, and shows unlimited access to the worldwide famed designer as he multitasks his way through a hectic schedule over 16 months. It also features interviews with celebrities such as Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Kruger.
The journalist behind this idea of a link between fashion and religion enlisted the help of a neurologist to help prove the link. The findings showed that a Catholic Priest and a devoted fashion follower experienced the same emotional response when faced with their devotion/religion. Interesting; so maybe there’s a divine reason that I can’t stop buying clothes…
The documentary is perhaps not to be taken too seriously though, if this statement is anything to go by: “It cannot offer you redemption or anything eternal,” said Neuen, adding: “It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek.”
Karl Lagerfeld with some of his fashion following:
In the documentary, Lagerfeld is placed on a pedestal not unlike the pope himself, and painted as the head of the fashion industry. Something perhaps not too far from the truth. Glossy fashion magazines are likened to the bible, materialistic consumers compared to followers of religion and models are angels (as if they need any more compliments).
This documentary may upset those of a religious disposition, but I can see how religion and fashion are connected by some of the most dedicated followers, not unlike supporters of a football team.
Fashion offers a break away from the real world, a chance to indulge yourself in something you love. If fashion is like religion, then Karl Lagerfeld has some of the most stylish disciples you could wish for.