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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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Karl Lagerfeld Enamel-Gold Tone fleur de lis Massive Never worn bracelet 1990s
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Wallkill, NY
A stunning large Karl Lagerfeld fleur de lis Enamel bracelet. Measuring 1.91 IN wide. Be sure to follow us to get email updates of our new additions every week. This is out of a mass...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

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Gilt Metal

Karl Lagerfeld 1980's Gold Tone Charm Bracelet with Toggle Closure
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Karl Lagerfeld bracelet is composed of a black and gold tone material which features Karl Lagerfeld "KL" logo charms. Toggle closure. Measures (Approximately) Length: 9" ...
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1980s Vintage Karl Lagerfeld

Vintage KARL LAGERFELD Address 14 Blvd De La Madeleine Enamel Hoop Earrings
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage KARL LAGERFELD Address 14 Blvd De La Madeleine Enamel Hoop Earrings Measurements: Height: 2.79 inches (7.1 cm) Width: 1.73 inch (4.4 cm) Weight per Earring: 26 grams Featur...
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20th Century Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Logo Gold Gilt Necklace 1980s New, Never Worn
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Wallkill, NY
Never worn Karl Lagerfeld large link necklace. Over sized slide in clasp Measuring .62 in wide and 26 in long. This is out of our massive collection of Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, Southweste...
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1980s Vintage Karl Lagerfeld

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Gilt Metal

Vintage KARL LAGERFELD Greek Temple Door Earrings
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage KARL LAGERFELD Greek Temple Door Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.85 inches (4.7 cm) Width: 1.14 inches (2.9 cm) Weight per Earring: 20 grams Features: - 100% KARL LAGERFEL...
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20th Century Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Vintage Massive Gold Toned Wax Seal and Fan Brooch
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Nice, FR
KARL LAGERFELD vintage gold toned fan brooch featuring a massive wax seal pendant embossed KARL LAGERFELD PARIS and his profile at the front and engraved KL on reverse. Indicative m...
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20th Century Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Brooch "Needle & Thread" New, Never worn 1990s
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Wallkill, NY
Karl Lagerfeld Brooch depicting a Needle & Thread. Matching Earrings listed as well on our storefront. 2.50 inches or 63.65mm top to bottom 1.89 inches or 48.17mm at the widest. Ma...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld

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Gilt Metal

Vintage Karl Lagerfeld Iconic Logo Earrings
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Karl Lagerfeld Iconic Logo Earrings Measurements: Height: 1 6/8 inches Width: 1 5/8 inches Features: - 100% Authentic KARL LAGERFELD. - Embossed KL initials at the center. ...
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20th Century Karl Lagerfeld

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Find Karl Lagerfeld jewelry and watches available on 1stDibs. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gilt metal. When shopping for Karl Lagerfeld's most stylish antique or vintage jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Karl Lagerfeld cultured pearl jewelry & watches, from our inventory of 1, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. This collection contains 170 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Modern and Contemporary are among the most popular styles of Karl Lagerfeld watches & jewelry available on 1stDibs.. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Elizabeth Locke, Ciner and Henry Dunay. Karl Lagerfeld jewelry and watches can vary in price, gemstone, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$125 and tops out at US$3,700, while pieces like these can sell for US$750 on average.

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