10 facts about Lagerfeld

• 10 facts about Lagerfeld

10 facts about Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld today celebrated its 85th anniversary. This, at least, according to official information - the designer himself has repeatedly introduced all the confusion, calling different ages. Once famous couturiers and does has lowered itself five years, saying it was not born in 1933, and in 1938-m. However, for Lagerfeld's age does not matter: he does not like to remember the past and always looking to the future.

Anyway, proclaimed "Kaiser" of the fashion world, who directs the Chanel fashion house since 1983, today marks the anniversary. On this occasion, we remember the interesting and the most obvious facts of his biography.

10 facts about Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld 1984


Carl was very early in fashion. In 1954, at age 16, he won a competition held by Secrétariat International de la Laine (International Association of wool producers - competition became the forerunner of the current Woolmark Prize). Jury impressed sketch coat work Lagerfeld. A year later, this coat came under the brand Balmain - Pierre Balmain invited the 17-year-old Charles in assistants. Three years later, in 1957, Lagerfeld has headed the design studio of the fashion house Jean Patou. At that time he was 19.


Lagerfeld called one of the first freelance fashion world. In the early 1960s, he has worked for several European brands: created as a designer contributor things for seasonal collections Chloe, Couture worked in parallel in the Italian house Tiziani, and in 1965 began working with Fendi - cooperation continues to this day. In 1983, Charles was invited to the Chanel as a designer ready to wear, couture and accessories line. And in 1984, Lagerfeld, remaining the creative director of Fendi and Chanel, has launched a brand under his own name - Karl Lagerfeld - completely without fear of lack of time or imagination.

10 facts about Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld and Inès de La Fressange on fitting in studio Chloé, 1983


Karl Lagerfeld is not only a designer, but also a photographer. He took a lot of advertising campaigns for Chanel and Fendi, and no one spread for Harper's Bazaar, Numéro and Vogue. In 1997, Charles made a series of pictures of naked models and celebrities, which included Rupert Everett, Amber Valletta, Linda Evangelista, Demi Moore, Marc Newson and many others. Explicit pictures caused a lot of talk. The series was published in the 23 th edition of Visionaire magazine called The Emperor's New Clothes (a reference to the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson's "The Emperor's New Clothes").

10 facts about Lagerfeld

Model Lisa Marie Smith shot by Karl Lagerfeld The Emperor's New Clothes


In general, "Emperor's New Clothes" - a special piece for Lagerfeld. In 1992, the designer drew 60 illustrations for the next edition of the tale. And the story of Karl-illustrator not over: in 2012 he became a regular contributor of cartoons in the annex to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

10 facts about Lagerfeld

Publication of the book "The Emperor's New Clothes" with illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld 1997


In the late 1990s, Lagerfeld himself mastered publishing: first, he opened in Paris bookstore 7L, and later converted it in the eponymous publishing house, which specializes in literature on visual culture, art and photography.

10 facts about Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld to model Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer at the show Chanel Spring-Summer 1996


Carl is not just provocations on the podium. In 1992 he was invited to take part in the show Fendi real striptease dancer and a porn actress Moaña Pozzi. Editor in chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour then offended and left the show. Two years later, with the filing of Charles in the center of the scandal he was also the house Chanel. Bodice, where Claudia Schiffer defile on the show couture spring-summer 1994 was painted verses from the Koran. The Muslim community in an uproar. The head of the Indonesian Council of Ulemas (the highest Islamic body in Indonesia) urged to boycott Chanel and threatened to appeal directly to the Government of Germany (Lagerfeld was born in Germany).

10 facts about Lagerfeld

Claudia Schiffer on the show Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 1994

The newspapers dubbed corset Satanic Breasts. Charles, in turn, said that he was shocked similar reaction - he did not want to offend anyone, the text of the dress - a fragment of a love poem inspired by the Taj Mahal. And Claudia dress was not the only thing, decorated lines of scripture. The case ended with the house Chanel remorse, an apology and a promise to burn the offending believers clothes. The incident, however, called the result of creative enthusiasm, which at Lagerfeld rife.


In 2001, Charles did the unthinkable - has lost 42 kilograms in 13 months. The motivation, in his own words, was the desire to wear a suit work Hedi Slimane, who at that time worked as the creative director of Dior Homme. Renowned nutritionist Dr. Jean-Claude Hudre developed a diet personally to Karl. In consequence, he even published a book about it, The Karl Lagerfeld Diet.

10 facts about Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld with the models in the show Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2001


In 2005, the French television came miniseries Signe Chanel, which shows the work on the collection of Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2004 - from the sketches and to the podiums. Carl gives guidance also at times found himself in the frame. The series is required to view to the public a glimpse into the inner sanctum. If you want to learn more about the Lagerfeld, watch Documentaries "Lagerfeld Secrets" in 2007. 9.

In 2008, Lagerfeld name included in the new edition of the main encyclopaedia France Le Petit Larousse Illustré. In 2010, the New York Fashion Institute of Technology presented the award to the designer, which was founded especially for him - Couture Council Fashion Visionary Award. Carl often becomes the winner of prestigious awards - in the past year, for example, was awarded the British Fashion Tips (British Fashion Awards Award) for "Outstanding Achievement".


Karl supports the use of fur in the fashion industry (against the background of recent events safely), although he was not wearing and practically does not eat meat. In general, he loves animals, especially her cat Shupett, which he dedicates the collection and removes advertising campaigns. In 2013, in an interview with the designer even he admitted that he would have married her.

10 facts about Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld and Shupett