Jil Sander, Present Tense

by Jil Sander, Matthias Wagner K, Ingeborg Harms

Prestel Verlag (2017)

263 pages

This comprehensive catalogue was published on the occasion of Jil Sander’s retrospective exhibition ‘Präsens’ (Present Tense) at the Museum Angewandte Kunst (Frankfurt) in 2017/18. 

Challenging the styles of flamboyant femininity, her collections have delighted the fashion world with their purity since the late 1960’s. She proposes a modernity which does away with senseless ornaments, while dynamizing the individual.

Norbert Schoerner was invited by Jil Sander and MAK to collaborate with the designer on various aspects of the show which spans her work from the late 1960s to 2014. One being an installation showing a 16 minute film of Jil’s private garden in the north German countryside, a retreat that she has been returning to for over 30 years, and which has never before been shown publicly.