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Karl Lagerfeld

German, 1933-2019

More than a mere tastemaker, Karl Lagerfeld devoted himself to the continual pursuit of chic. “My life and my job,” the designer once said, “is to forget myself.” During his five-decade career designing shoes, handbags, evening dresses and other items for Chanel, Fendi, Chloé and many others, Lagerfeld was a quintessential chameleon, ever evolving to embody the times.

An outsize, instantly recognizable personality — his ponytail powdered like an 18th-century viscount, his eyes perpetually shielded by dark glasses, wearing fistfuls of chunky silver jewels — Lagerfeld was, above all, an avatar of style.

Born in Hamburg (in 1933, ’35, or ’38 by varying accounts), Karl Lagerfeld packed his bags for Paris in 1954. His design for a coat won him the International Wool Secretariat and landed him a job with the celebrated couturier Pierre Balmain. He went on to become the designer of Jean Patou, eventually realizing that his seemingly endless ideas could fuel a career as a designer-for-hire. As such, Lagerfeld lent his vision to everyone from Loewe and Max Mara to Krizia and Charles Jourdan, nimbly moving among a diverse range of styles. It was an unprecedented way of working in the days when freelance was still a dirty word. During the late ’60s and ’70s, he refashioned Chloé to reflect the free spirit of the day and, beginning in 1965, joined forces with the Fendi family, taking it from sleepy furrier to fashion’s haute-est stratum.

Because of his track record for reviving and reimagining brands that had grown stagnant, in 1984 Lagerfeld was handed the reins at Chanel, which had been gathering dust since its founder’s heyday. From his first collection, Lagerfeld injected the venerable house with a frisson of modernity. He riffed on its iconography — tweed skirt suits, pearls, camellias — accenting a lexicon of Chanel-isms with tastes of the moment. Despite producing eight collections a year for Chanel, as well as four to five for Fendi, Lagerfeld never faltered in proposing new ideas each time he put pencil to paper.

Lagerfeld’s collections for Chanel, in particular, displayed his knack for synthesizing old and new, high and low. From Watteau (Spring/Summer 1985 couture) and Serge Roche (Spring/Summer 1990 ready-to-wear) to hip-hop fly girls (Fall/Winter 1991 ready-to-wear), surfers (Spring/Summer 2003 ready-to-wear) and ancient Egypt (Pre-Fall 2019), Lagerfeld used each season’s inspiration to conceive Chanel’s signatures anew.

Browse a collection of sophisticated designs by Karl Lagerfeld on 1stDibs, including evening gowns for Chanel, vintage cocktail dresses for Chloé and more.

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1990s Karl Lagerfeld evening dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Austin, TX
1990s Karl Lagerfeld evening dress asymmetrical hem Viscose and silk fabric Condition: Excellent Size S / US4 / IT40
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

MEN'S CHANEL 08P graphic grey tweed fray 4 pockets leo button blazer jacket FR48
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Hong Kong, NT
MEN'S CHANEL 08P graphic grey tweed fray 4 pockets leo button blazer jacket FR48 Brand: CHANEL Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Collection: 08P Model Name / Style: Tweed jacket Material: Cot...
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Early 2000s Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL c.2002 Red White Blue CC Surf Wave Canvas Beach Bag Large Tote
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Thiensville, WI
CHANEL c.2002 Red White Blue CC Surf Wave Canvas Beach Bag Large Tote Brand / Manufacturer: Chanel Style: Beach bag / Tote Color(s): Shades of red, white and blue. Unmarked Materi...
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Early 2000s Karl Lagerfeld

1980's CHANEL tan camel hair cardigan with gilt buttons
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Tan knit camel hair cardigan with ribbed trim and gilt buttons from Chanel dating to the 1980's. French size 'S', however the cut is oversized. Approximate measurements: bust 38", he...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL 98A vintage lipstick red tweed peak lapel copper CC blazer jacket FR44
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Hong Kong, NT
CHANEL 98A vintage lipstick red tweed peak lapel copper CC blazer jacket FR44 Brand: CHANEL Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Collection: 98A Model Name / Style: Tweed blazer Material: Other;...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

New Vintage Karl Lagerfeld 4123 Oval Matte Gold 1990 France Sunglasses
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Vintage amazing pair of vintage 1980's 4123 Karl Lagerfeld oval matte gold sunglasses framing a pair of light grey lenses. New, never worn or displayed. Designed and produced ...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

runway CHANEL 91P vintage red sequin black trim scuba suit zip CC jacket FR44
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Hong Kong, NT
runway CHANEL 91P vintage red sequin black trim scuba suit zip CC jacket FR44 Brand: CHANEL Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Collection: Spring / Summer 1991, Collection 25, 21170 Model Nam...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL PF14 beige multicolour stripe texture cashmere cowboy button sweater FR46
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Hong Kong, NT
CHANEL PF14 beige multicolour stripe texture cashmere cowboy button sweater FR46 Brand: CHANEL Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Collection: Pre-fall 2014, Paris-Dallas Model Name / Style: Sw...
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2010s Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL Cruise 2014 Black Textured Leather Pointed Cap Toe Pumps Heels
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Thiensville, WI
Chanel Cruise 2014 black textured (crinkle) leather pointed cap toe pumps. Designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Black texturized leather upper. Silver-toned metal "CC" tag at heel. Black pate...
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2010s Karl Lagerfeld

Vintage Chanel classic pale pink silk satin short sleeve blouse 1970s
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Classic Chanel short sleeve suit blouse in pale pink silk satin from the 1970s...The blouse has three rows of top stitching detail at the neckline, sleeve edges and hem...Single open...
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1970s Karl Lagerfeld

1990s Fendi black linen sweetheart neckline dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Fendi black linen sleeveless, sweetheart neckline dress...Gorgeous neckline is gathered at each side and bust center with narrow bands of linen...There are two logo buttons at the ne...
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Late 20th Century Karl Lagerfeld

80s Karl Lagerfeld Knit Mini Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in San Francisco, CA
80s Karl Lagerfeld knit mini dress.
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld

1990s Karl Lagerfeld Long Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Karl Lagerfeld black silk long dress. Asymmetrical neckline and thin straps. Back zip closure and slit. Years: 90s Made in France Size: 40 FR Flat measurements Height: 132 cm B...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Beaded Silk Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous navy silk dress with a beautifully beaded circles and lines in clear and burgundy glass beads from Karl Lagerfeld. It skims the body and has small straps, a low back with...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL 100% cotton metallic gold navy striped gold button short sleeve top FR40
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Hong Kong, NT
CHANEL 100% cotton metallic gold navy striped gold button short sleeve top FR40 Brand: Chanel Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Model Name / Style: T-shirt Material: Cotton Color: Gold, navy ...
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2010s Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Polka Dot Cropped Jacket
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Circa 1980s, this Karl Lagerfeld cropped jacket is the perfect addition to anyone's closet. Made in the United States, this playful jacket features shoulder pads, pleating from the b...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel red caviar cosmetic bag
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 1996 -1997 Chanel red caviar big size cosmetic bag. - Measurements: 20cm x 14cm x 5cm
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

1980's KARL LAGERFELD black dress with sheer neckline and hemline
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Beautiful black dress with sheer net neckline and skirting from Karl Lagerfeld dating to the late 1980's. Labeled a French size 40. Approximate measurements are as follows: Bust 36",...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld

1960s Tiziani Couture by Karl Lagerfeld Black and Ivory Needlepoint Mod Jacket
By Tiziani, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Remarkably, Karl Lagerfeld has not always been renowned. His early work for Italian label Tiziani Roma portends his legendary design career as exampled by this mod jacket. A skillful...
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1960s Karl Lagerfeld

1960s Tiziani Couture by Karl Lagerfeld Lemon Silk Print Dress and Vest Set
By Tiziani Roma, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Boca Raton, FL
This is a rare and very collectible vintage find; it is among the earliest examples of Karl Lagerfeld’s legendary work. Lagerfeld designed it in the late-Sixties for House of Tizian...
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1960s Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL Black Satin Silk Narrow Classic Bow Covered Structured Headband Headpiece
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Thiensville, WI
CHANEL Black Satin Silk Narrow Classic Bow Covered Structured Headband Headpiece Brand/Manufacturer: Chanel Style: Headband Color(s): Black Lined: No Unmarked Fabric Content (feel...
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Late 20th Century Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL white raw frayed cotton trio camellia floral brooch tank top FR36 S
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Hong Kong, NT
CHANEL white raw frayed cotton trio camellia floral brooch tank top FR36 S Brand: Chanel Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Model Name / Style: Floral top Material: Cotton blend Color: White ...
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2010s Karl Lagerfeld

Fendi orange lycra wrap skirt and vest, ss 1999
By Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi
Located in London, GB
Fendi orange and brown lycra maxi wrap skirt and vest set Spring-Summer 1999
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

Vintage Chloe by Karl Lagerfeld Black Wool + Cashmere Avant Garde Spy Jacket
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chloe
Located in Chicago, IL
Amazing vintage Chloe, by Karl Lagerfeld, black wool and cashmere blanket jacket! Avant Garde style, with a cape-like detail in the back, which can also be tied for a more fitted loo...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld

FENDI Resort 2009 Black Wool Sleeveless Tapered Pant Tuxedo Jumpsuit
By Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Thiensville, WI
Fendi Resort 2009 black wool sleeveless tapered pant tuxedo jumpsuit. Same jumpsuit worn by Diane Kruger for the 2009 Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards. Sleeveless with cut-work deta...
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Early 2000s Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Vintage 1985 Limited Edition Colour Block Sunglasses
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Nice, FR
**** WE NO LONGER SHIP SUNGLASSES TO THE USA **** KARL LAGERFELD vintage rare and collectable colourful sunglasses in shades of red, yellow and blue featuring round lenses and silve...
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20th Century Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Dress with Cut outs
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
A stunning dramatic black full length dress, gown from Karl Lagerfeld. There are strategically placed black net covered cut-outs along the outer sleeves, midriff, decolletage and alo...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld

Vintage CHANEL Black Strapless Silk Gown With Cascading Ribbon
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Elegant 1990s CHANEL black silk strapless gown with cascading ribbons applique on the bodice and hem. Dress has inner boning made of tulle and hook an eye and zip at the back. Size:...
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Early 20th Century Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel Black Silk Chiffon Tiered Skirt with High Side Opening
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in New Hope, PA
Four petal shaped layers of black silk chiffon cascade over the hips falling gracefully to the curved hem. The left side opening on this long skirt from Chanel allows a generous gli...
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21st Century and Contemporary Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL Black Caviar Leather Silver Top Handle Quilted Satchel Handbag Purse
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Thiensville, WI
CHANEL Black Caviar Leather Silver Top Handle Quilted Satchel Handbag Purse Brand / Manufacturer: Chanel Style: Top Handle Bag Color(s): Black Unmarked Materials (feel of): Leather...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Sable Fur Coat.
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in San Francisco, CA
Karl Lagerfeld Sable Fur Coat. Stunning Sable fur coat designed by Karl Lagerfeld in the 1980s. Has a beautiful scalloped edge and wonderful silky fur. Styled with belt, which can ...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld

Unworn Chanel Identification Wool Romper Playsuit, Cruise 2000
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Geneva, CH
In an edition of 1919, American Vogue wrote about a small mid-season collection that Gabrielle Chanel offered to her clients on vacation in Biarritz. This collection aimed customers ...
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Early 2000s Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL Pink Coated Canvas CC Logo Zip Around Clutch Wallet
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Thiensville, WI
CHANEL Pink Coated Canvas CC Logo Zip Around Clutch Wallet Brand / Manufacturer: Chanel Style: Ziparound Wallet Color(s): Pink (exterior); shades of tan (interior) Unmarked Material...
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21st Century and Contemporary Karl Lagerfeld

Vintage KARL LAGERFELD Red Wide Obi Leather Belt
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage KARL LAGERFELD Red Wide Obi Leather Belt Measurements: Buckle Height: 4.72 inches (12 cm) Leather Belt Height: 3.94 inches (10 cm) Wearable Length: 31.10 inches to 34.25 inc...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel aubergine boucle classic double breasted skirt suit 1998A
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Chanel aubergine boucle classic double breasted skirt suit 1998A...Double breasted jacket with princess seams, high notched lapel, hip bone length, jacket is slightly fitted through ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Karl Lagerfeld

FENDI brown FF monogram jacquard slit back knee length pencil skirt IT40
By Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Hong Kong, NT
FENDI brown FF monogram jacquard slit back knee length pencil skirt IT40 Brand: Fendi Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Model Name / Style: Monogram skirt Material: Polyester, cotton Color: B...
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2010s Karl Lagerfeld

Vintage CHANEL White and black gown with detachable sleeve couture
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One of the kind or collectors item 1990s Chanel Off-white silk and black velvet gown with detachable mutton sleeves gown with Chanel camellia flower pin! Perfect for bridal gown or ...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL Brown Leather Fold-Over Knee High Boots
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Thiensville, WI
Chanel dark brown leather knee high boots. Fold-over panel with adjustable strap. Silver-tone embossed signature "Chanel" buckle. Round toe. Stacked heel. Marked Size: 37.
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2010s Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Scarf Hem Gown 1990s
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
A stunning dress in black silk chiffon and light weight wool blend from Karl Lagerfeld. The low cut, slightly blouson bodice crosses at the waist and is shadowed by an under layer o...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Silk Slip Dress 1990s
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous black silk slip style dress by Karl Lagerfeld. It consists of 3 layers- the top of lace with leather trimmed points at the hem over a layer of semi sheer silk with a strai...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel Black Cashmere Sweater Dress Bat Sleeves and Braiding
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Austin, TX
Chanel black cashmere sweater dress with bat sleeves and braiding at back. Condition: Very good. Size 44 ( mannequin is US size 6 )
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe 1990s Black Silk Flare Leg Low Rise 90s Classic Pants
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chloe
Located in Chicago, IL
Classic vintage 1990s KARL LAGERFELD for CHLOE black silk flared leg low rise trousers! Soft sturdy silk that holds shape nicely. Tailored fit, with a wider flare leg. Sits low on th...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld fall 1994/95 vintage black silk dress with matching top
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Antwerp, BE
Absolutely stunning Karl Lagerfeld fall 1994 - 1995 vintage black silk dress and matching top Made in light black silk and tulle material. The dress closes with covered fabric button...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

JEAN PATOU c.1960's KARL LAGERFELD Black Short Sleeve Mod 100% Wool Shift Dress
By Jean Patou, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Thiensville, WI
Vintage c.Early 1960's Jean Patou by Karl Lagerfeld black wool mod shift dress. Round neckline. Short sleeves with cuff detailing. Four large pockets, two on chest and two on hips, w...
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1960s Karl Lagerfeld

1980s Karl Lagerfeld purple blend wool jacket
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Karl Lagerfeld purple blend wool jacket with shawl brown velvet collar, double-breasted closure with shell velvet brown buttons and buttoned cuff. Size: 42/44 IT Flat measurements ...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Wool Skirt with Points
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous black wool jersey skirt from Karl Lagerfeld. It has a 2 1/2" wide waistband with layers of pointed panels forming the skirt. It has a back zipper, front pockets and is l...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

1990s Karl Lagerfeld Navy Jersey Gown
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1990s Karl Lagerfeld navy blue jersey gown ensemble. Featuring a mini slip dress under a long sleeve gown with a large key hole at bust finished off with a single button closure. Exc...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL A/W 1993 Haute Couture Classic Black White Boucle Wool Jacket Skirt Suit
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Thiensville, WI
Chanel A/W 1993 Haute Couture numbered (71270 and 71271) black and white wool skirt suit. Designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Classic CHANEL. Black wool jacket is accented in black and white...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel 2007 A Bow Blue Jacket and Skirt Set
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Chanel skirt suit featured in a royal blue tweed knit. Jacket has hook-and-eye fastenings, bow detail, four functional patch pockets, and a fully lining with a chain trim along the h...
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Early 2000s Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Navy Blue Skirt Suit With Gold Buttons
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Atlanta, GA
A summery lightweight navy blue rayon and silk blend skirt suit by Karl Lagerfeld, C.1990. The jacket has a unique style with flat pleats, faux breast pockets, hidden front hip pock...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Original Sketch Croquis For Chloe Mini Dress 1970
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chloe
Located in Berlin, DE
An original drawing by Karl Lagerfeld for french fashion house of Chloe, printemps / ete 1970. Sketch in pens and pencils in colours of an beautifully detailed short dress and name ...
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1970s Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL PARIS-BYZANCE 11A Black Wool Short Sleeve Gripoix Button Dress Sz 36
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Thiensville, WI
CHANEL black wool short sleeve dress. Draped open panels at front center and back. Front of dress is embellished with six gold-tone metal Byzatine-inspired Gripoix details. Black sil...
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2010s Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel Large Rainbow Flower Hair Pin, S / S 1995
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare Chanel oversize vivid pastel colour hair clip piece from collection SS 1995. Three dimensional overlapping flowers are held with bright yellow large ribbon on the bottom with bl...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

FENDI Mare c.1990's Color-block Zucca FF Monogram Knit Sleeveless Shift Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi
Located in Thiensville, WI
Fenci Mare c.1990's color-block zucca FF monogram print knit shift dress. Designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Large color-blocked Zucca "FF" monogram signature print knit in shades of burnt ...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel black Chantilly lace sleeveless top 2004A
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Chanel black lace sleeveless top from 2004A collection. Sheer lace pull on top is unlined. The neckline, hem and arm openings are trimmed in lace. There is a center front rosette gat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel Extra Long Fingerless Quilted Gloves
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Geneva, CH
Impossible not to think of Karl Lagerfeld when seeing these Chanel fingerless gloves ! Inseparable from Karl's allure, mittens are naturally to be found in the collections he designe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Karl Lagerfeld

runway CHANEL SS91 white sequin black grosgrain trim scuba zipper jacket FR44
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Hong Kong, NT
runway CHANEL SS91 white sequin black grosgrain trim scuba zipper jacket FR44 Brand: CHANEL Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Collection: 91P Model Name / Style: Sequins jacket Material: Poly...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

1990s Karl Lagerfeld Red Silk Floral Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1990s Karl Lagerfeld dress. Red silk with distorted Blue, beige and green all over floral print. Sweetheart neckline with faux double breasted red buttons with KL engraved. Elbow len...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld