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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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New Vintage Karl Lagerfeld L3802 Round Marble Gold 80's Germany Sunglasses
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Striking pair of vintage Karl Lagerfeld Round dark green marbled sunglasses sporting a pair of purple lenses. Superb design emulating ancient greek architecture. Front : 14 cms L...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld

New Vintage Karl Lagerfeld 3601 White & Black 1990 France Sunglasses
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Vintage new 1990’s Karl Lagerfeld sunglasses. White and black frame holding a spotless pair of smoke grey lenses. New, never worn or displayed. Designed and produced in France.
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Mint Colored Chiffon Dress circa 1970s
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a sleeveless chiffon sheath dress by Karl Lagerfeld under the label Chloe c. 1970s. The mint colored chiffon has a subtle white stingray pattern to it. The dress features s...
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1970s Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL Black Caviar Leather Silver Top Handle Quilted Satchel Handbag Purse
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
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

CHANEL A/W 2011 A-Symmetrical Front Side Zip Knitwear Cardigan Jacket 42
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Thiensville, WI
CHANEL A/W 2011 silk cashmere boucle side zipper jacket. Hues of gray, blue, beige, and brown. Long sleeves with single button closure at cuff. Two way metal zipper closure traversin...
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2010s Karl Lagerfeld

1970's KARL LAGERFELD for CHLOE black silk dress with beads
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chloé
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Intricately beaded black silk dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe dating to the 1970's. Dress fits a size 4 or 6. Approximate measurements: bust 34", hips 42" and length 35". ...
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1970s French Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Pink, White & Black Silk Geometric Printed Shorts - 6
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Karl Lagerfeld Pink, White & Black Silk Geometric Printed Shorts - 6. These shorts are cute and in excellent condition. They feature 2 pockets, pleating in the front, and faux leathe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Karl Lagerfeld

1990s Chanel Ivory / Cream / Beige Size 40 Silk Essential Vintage Wrap Skirt
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in San Diego, CA
Amazing vintage Chanel wrap skirt. Beautiful ivory color, with speckles of beige, khaki, and cream throughout. Can easily be dressed up or down. Perfect for day or night. 100% silk, ...
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Late 20th Century Karl Lagerfeld

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Karl Lagerfeld fashion for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Karl Lagerfeld fashion. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of red, purple, blue and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Those interested in this designer might also find the work of Comme des Garçons, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and Missoni appealing. On 1stDibs, find designer Karl Lagerfeld fashion from top boutiques around the world, vintage and haute couture. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $75 and tops out at $15,609, while the average work can sell for $795.

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