Last night, at Karl Lagerfeld‘s flagship boutique on Paris’ Left Bank, the designer unveiled 20 paper toys by Japanese paper artist, Shin Tanaka. Hybrids between origami + street art, Tanaka’s paper creations included an identical replica of Karl, down to those signature oversized shades on him + on Choupette, his white kitty.
Check out T-Boy below, the classic humped figure, with eyes peeping out from the neck hole, with the exception of a camouflage patterned shirt, comprised of different Lagerfeld silhouettes, bearing the Karl saying, “Personality begins where comparison ends,” tagged on the back. But how apropos is this selected Karl motto, as it applies to both artists so perfectly?
The ‘Paper Toy Mania’ exhibition, comprised of Tanaka’s paper creations, is part of the annual Parcours Saint-Germain, the contemporary art event. The exhibition will run into late October then ‘off’ to Berlin.