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Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld is a German fashion designer who is the head designer of  fashion houses Chanel, Fendi and his own label Karl Largerfeld.

Early Life

Karl Otto Lagerfelt was born on 10 September 1933 in Hamburg, Germany.
• He later changed his surname from Lagerfelt to Lagerfeld for commercial purposes.
• Karl Lagerfeld moved to Paris at the age of 14.
• After attending a private school, Lagerfeld attended secondary school at Lycee Montaigne in Paris, where majored in drawing and history.


• In 1955, Karl Lagerfeld started out his career as a design assistant for Pierre Balmain.
• In 1958, after three years at Balmain, Lagerfeld moved to Jean Patou, where he designed two haute couture collections every year for five years.
• In the same year, he presented his first collection in a two hour presentation, at the time Lagerfeld used the name Roland Karl, rather than Karl Lagerfeld.
• His first collection was poorly received, and got criticized by press heavily.
Lagerfeld continued designing new collections, these were received better than first, however was still not seen as couture.
• In 1963, he began designing for Tiziana, a Roman Couture house founded by Evan Richards, Lagerfeld together with Richards designed a collection of 90 outfits.
• In 1964, Lagerfeld did freelance work for French fashion house Chloe, designing at first only a few pieces but later on ended up designing an entire collection for the fashion house.
• In 1967, he joined the luxury Fashion House Fendi, as creative director for furs, ready-to-wear and accessories for label. He also design the labels logo.
• In 1973, his spring collection he designed for Chloe, garnered headlines, and was title as being both “high fashion and high camp”.
• During the 1970’s, Lagerfeld also occasionally worked as a costume designer for theatrical productions.
• In 1983, Lagerfeld joined fashion house Chanel as head designer.
• And in following year, Lagerfeld launched his own name Karl Lagerfeld label, and said the label will represent “ intellectual sexiness
• By 1997, Vogue had bestowed Lagerfeld as “unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment”.
• In 2002, Lagerfeld collaborated with Renzo Rosso, founder of Diesel, on a special denim collection for the Lagerfeld Gallery.
• In 2004, Lagerfeld collaborated with H&M, for a limited range of Lagerfeld clothes for men and women. The range was sold out in just 2 days after having been supplied to the H&M stores.
• In 2005, Lagerfeld sold his brands, the Lagerfeld Gallery and Lagerfeld to Tommy Hilfiger, but kept full design involvement.
• In 2006, Lagerfeld announce the launch of a new collection for men and women, which included fitted T-shirts and a wide range of jeans.
• In 2010, Lagerfeld designed two footwear lines for Italian Label Hogan.
• In the same year, the Couture Council of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology presented Lagerfeld with an award that was especially created for him, The Council of Fashion Visionary Award.


Karl Lagerfeld is best known for the use of fur and embroidery in his designs. The designer himself has even over years become a trademark for the brand, with his white hair, black sunglasses, and high starched collars.

Present Day

Karl Lagerfeld currently runs his own label which is made up of various brands.
• In addition to this he also the head designer and creative director at fashion houses Fendi and Chanel.
• Today Karl Lagerfeld one of the most respected designers and pretty much is the go to guy for the fashion industry.


“I would like to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon.”
Karl Lagerfeld

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