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Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld (GERMANY, 1933/35–2019)

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.”

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. During his five-decade career designing for Chanel, Fendi, Chloé and many others, Lagerfeld was a quintessential chameleon, ever evolving to embody the times.

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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Original Photograph of Two Models by Karl Lagerfeld
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
Original silver gelatin print of the models Marpessa and Veronica Webb from Lagerfeld’s studio, ex-collection Eric Wright - Lagerfeld’s right hand man in the 1980s-90s, Paris, circa...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Karl Lagerfeld

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Wood, Paper

Original Photograph of Naomi Campbell by Karl Lagerfeld
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
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Late 20th Century French Modern Karl Lagerfeld

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Original Photograph of Naomi Campbell by Karl Lagerfeld
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
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1990s French Modern Karl Lagerfeld

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Original Photograph of Christy Turlington by Karl Lagerfeld
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
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Late 20th Century French Karl Lagerfeld

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Paper

Original photograph of Helena Christensen on steps by Karl Lagerfeld
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
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Late 20th Century French Karl Lagerfeld

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Paper

Chanel x Medicom Bearbrick 1000% Limited Edition Nr 206 KARL LAGERFELD
By Medicom Toy, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Vienna, AT
Medicom toy Coco Chanel 1000% BE@RBRICK numbered ‘CHANEL N° 206 (at the back) A rare figure, limited edition by Medicom Toy Coco Chanel Bearbrick 1000% with certification! Designed b...
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Early 2000s Japanese Modern Karl Lagerfeld

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Karl Lagerfeld Monster Choupette Navy Blue Zippered Leather Continental Wallet
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From the Monster Choupette fashion line inspired by Karl Lagerfeld's pampered pet cat, a navy blue zippered Continental two-sided Wallet, designed in 2014. In Saffiano leather, a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch International Style Karl Lagerfeld

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Fendi Casa Beige Leather Custom Eduardo Selleria Sofa Italian Modern luxury
By Fendi, Fendi Casa, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fendi leather sofa in Taupe leather, signed, with serial number, linen seats for cool, luxurious comfort and buttery smooth leather, handstitched covers the body and frame. Retail pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Karl Lagerfeld

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Karl Lagerfeld Satin Finish Umber Photo-Lithograph of Max Delorme, Nude, 1997
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous photo print by the iconic photographer and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld of Max Delorme. Image captured and satin finish umber photo-lithograph printed in 1997. Measures: ...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Karl Lagerfeld

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Karl Lagerfeld – A Portrait of Dorian Gray
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in London, GB
First edition, published by Steidl, 2005 'A Portrait of Dorian Gray' is Karl Lagerfeld’s photographic interpretation of the Oscar Wilde novel, drawing influence from Wilde’s theme...
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Early 2000s German Karl Lagerfeld

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Vintage Karl Lagerfeld Paris Gold Plate Wax Seal "Self Portrait" Earrings
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Chanel & Karl Lagerfeld – Printemps-été 2003/2003 Spring Summer
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First edition, published by Chanel, 2003 An arty, and classy presentation of Chanel’s 2003 Spring Summer collection designed and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld. The books front bo...
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