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Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

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.

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Designer: 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 Evening Dresses and Gowns

1970's KARL LAGERFELD for CHLOE black silk dress with beads
By Chloé, Karl Lagerfeld
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 Evening Dresses and Gowns

1980s Chloe Silk Print Dress with nehru collar.
By Chloé, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage Chloe silk floral print in red, purple, and brown with nehru collar with ruffle sleeves. Bust: 36”/ Waist: 27” Size: Small
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld Strapless Chiffon Dress circa 1980s
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a strapless dress by Karl Lagerfeld c. 1980s. It is made from several layers of a deep coral red silk chiffon and features a satin lined inner tube skirt. The chiffon layers...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

CHANEL Blue Velvet Double Breast Coat with Belt
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
CHANEL Blue velvet double breast coat with large lapel and belt . Coat lined in silk and has 2 pockets. Marked size 38 Measurement: Shoulder: 15.5” / Bust 38” / Waist 34” / Hip 38”/...
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Early 2000s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld 1980s Size 40 US 8 Black Gold Embroidered Vintage 80s Gown Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in San Diego, CA
Extraordinary 1980s KARL LAGERFELD black, gold and ivory couture evening gown ! Features a luxurious soft silk velvet bodice, with silk chiffon sleeves and skirt. Intricate gold meta...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Fendi S/S 1997 Gold Logo hardware black maxi dress
By Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi
Located in Rome, IT
Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld black 100% viscose maxi gown with iconic gold logo monogram hardware on the shoulder strap from the Spring/Summer 1997 collection. Similar version showcased o...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Chanel By Karl Lagerfeld Pleated Ballerina Dress, Spring-Summer 2000
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
This SS2000 Chanel pleated midi dress is cut from swathes of silk chiffon and features a quilted bodice. Iconic Coco Chanel portrait print. Fully lined in silk, this dress fastens wi...
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Early 2000s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage 1970's Chloe by Karl Lagerfeld Periwinkle Print Silk Asymmetric Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An ethereal and breathtaking Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe deco silk print dress dating back to the mid 1970's. Lagerfeld's strongly conceived and modernistic designs throughout his tenur...
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1970s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage CHANEL Black Strapless Silk Gown With Cascading Ribbon
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Elegant 1990s CHANEL black silk strapless gown with cascading ribbons applique on the bodice and hem. Dress has inner boning made of tulle and hook an eye and zip at the back. Size:...
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Early 20th Century Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld Scarf Hem Gown 1990s
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous dress in black silk chiffon and opaque silk blend from Karl Lagerfeld. The low cut, slightly blouson bodice crosses at the waist and is shadowed by an under layer of silk ...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Chanel Evening Dress with Mylar Tiled Bodice and Draped Hem
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in San Francisco, CA
Contemporary Chanel evening dress with black and pale fluorescent stacked mylar tiles embellishing the bodice. Long 1930s-inspired skirt silhouette with draping, pleats and a ta...
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21st Century and Contemporary Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Chloe Violin Dress Documented Limited Edition by Karl Lagerfeld/Chanel Museums
By Chloé, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chloe Limited Anniversary Edition violin dress, 2013 . The Chloe violin dress was originally designed by Karl Lagerfeld in 1983, and reissued in 2013 in a limited edition of 60 dr...
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Early 2000s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

1994 CHANEL black sequined dress with chantilly lace collar & satin bow
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Jet-black sequined dress with chantilly lace collar and black satin bow from designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel dating to 1994. Size label has been removed. Best fits a US 4-6. Ap...
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Late 20th Century French Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld Wool Skirt with Points
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous black wool jersey skirt from Karl Lagerfeld. It has a 2 1/2" wide waistband with overlapping pointed panels forming the skirt. It has a back zipper, front pockets and is...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage Chanel Karl Lagerfeld Large Size 44 Pink 90s Logo Silk 1980s Shirt Dress
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare vintage CHANEL late 80s larger size pink and white logo print silk shirt dress! Unbelievably chic print with a flattering fit. Interior hook-and-eye closures at waist. Elastic w...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld Dress with Cut outs 1980s
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
A stunning dramatic black full length dress, gown from Karl Lagerfeld. There are strategically placed black net covered cut-outs along the outer sleeves, midriff, decolletage and alo...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage 1990s CHANEL Black and White Cotton Halter Cocktail dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Unique Vintage 1990s Chanel strapless white cotton dress with detachable black silk chiffon halter top. Dress can be worn as strapless dress or wear it with black silk chiffon halte...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld Silk Halter Gown with Beading
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous black silk gown from Karl Lagerfeld. It has a colorful intricately beaded bust and double front black glass bead enhansed shoulder straps wrapping around the neck and 4 st...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld fall 1994/95 vintage black silk dress with matching top
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Antwerp, BE
Absolutely stunning Karl Lagerfeld fall 1994 - 1995 vintage black silk dress and matching top Made in light black silk and tulle material. The dress closes with covered fabric button...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

1983 Chanel Evening Gown & Camisole Ensemble
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Geneva, CH
One of a kind 1983 Chanel evening dress dating from Karl Lagerfeld’s debut with the iconic couture house. Constructed in the most refined black silk chiffon, the gown is embellished ...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Chanel Black and Creme Knit Dress
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chanel black and creme cap sleeves cashmere knit dress Marked size 42. Fit US 4/6 Small- Medium
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Early 2000s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Fendi maroon silk cocktail dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
FENDI maroon silk cocktail dress inspired by 1920s style. Bust: 34"/ Waist; 28"/ Hip: 32"/ Length : 47
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1920s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

CHANEL Pre Fall 2008 Black Cashmere Knit Mock Neck Dress Silk Raw Edge Trim 34
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Thiensville, WI
Chanel Pre-Fall 2008 black cashmere knit dress. Ribbed mock neck, wide waistline and hemline details. Trimmed with raw edge black chiffon. Zips up center back. Small Chanel signature...
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Early 2000s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

JEAN PATOU c.1960's Purple Sleeveless Double Breasted Button Up Mod Shift Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Patou Paris
Located in Thiensville, WI
JEAN PATOU c.1960's Purple Sleeveless Double Breasted Button Front Mod Shift Dress Circa: 1960's Label(s): Jean Patou Boutique Paris Exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue Designer: Mic...
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1960s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

1970s Chloe Black One Shoulder Gown With Pink Sequin Inserts
By Chloé, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Toronto, Ontario
One sleeve, sexy Chloe gown from the 1970's, designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Inset panels of coral/pink sequins add an architectural feel to this dramatic black crepe evening dress. Zipp...
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1970s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld Silk Dress with Leather Straps
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous black silk dress by Karl Lagerfeld. It has functional, adjustable buckle black patent straps at the shoulders and around the waist and under bust. The 2 layer skirt is f...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

1980's KARL LAGERFELD black dress with sheer neckline and hemline
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Beautiful black dress with sheer net neckline and skirting from Karl Lagerfeld dating to the late 1980's. Labeled a French size 40. Approximate measurements are as follows: Bust 36",...
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1980s French Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage CHLOE navy blue confetti print halter cocktail dress
By Chloé, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Sexy and chic 80s CHLOE navy blue, orange, red, white and red confetti print silk halter ruffle dress. made in france. Size 4/6/ Small - medium
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld Silk Dress 1980s
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous black silk slip style dress by Karl Lagerfeld. It consists of 3 layers- the top of lace with leather trimmed points at the hem over a layer of semi sheer silk with a strai...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld Beaded Silk Dress 1990s
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous navy silk dress with beautifully beaded circles and lines in clear and burgundy glass beads from Karl Lagerfeld. It skims the body and has small shoulder straps, a low ba...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

1990s Karl Lagerfeld Black and White Stripe Knit Halter Summer Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
1990s Black and White Knit Stripe Nautical Halter body con maxi dress. Perfect vacation dress. Fit 4/6 Bust: 34 inch/ Waist: 26 inch stretch 32 inch / Hip: 34 inch stretch to 38 in...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Wool navy blue dress with flower rhinestone buttons Karl Lagerfeld
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Wool navy blue dress with flower rhinestone button. Fashion show piece. SIZE M
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

JEAN PATOU c.1960's KARL LAGERFELD Black Sequin Camellia Flower Cocktail Dress
By Jean Patou, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Thiensville, WI
Vintage Jean Patou c.1960's black wool cocktail dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Short sleeves with scoop neckline. Black sequin trim along cuffs and collar with beaded scallop shap...
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1960s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

90s CHANEL blue silk strapless cocktail mini dress with bow
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Classic vintage Chanel blue and black silk strapless dress with bow. size: 36 B:30"/ W:28"/ H:34"/ Length: 26.5"
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld Purple Mini Dress, Size 40
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The dress is designed by Karl Lagerfeld, it features collar, front button design, long sleeves and mini length, zipper on the sleeves and rear zip and button closure.
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Late 20th Century Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Incredible Vintage Chloe by Karl Lagerfeld Silk 2 - Sided Black Caftan Dress
By Chloé, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in San Diego, CA
Incredible vintage Chloe, by Karl Lagerfeld, caftan dress! So much detail in this wonderful creation! Flutter style, with one side red, the other aqua blue. Crystal encrusted buttons...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld Silk Dress with Lace Cut outs
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Water Mill, NY
This is a stunning fine silk wool blend black dress by Karl Lagerfeld. A lace panel inset surrounds the waist, hem, upper back and sleeves from above the elbow to wrist. It has a ba...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

1990's Karl Lagerfeld Black Mini Dress with Beaded Bodice
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1990's Karl Lagerfeld sleeveless cocktail mini dress with fabulous beading throughout. Necklace and sleeves trimmed in red beading. Deconstructed abstract green, red, yellow, blue an...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage KARL LAGERFELD Colorful Logo Print Pleated Sleeveless Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage KARL LAGERFELD Colorful Logo Print Pleated Sleeveless Dress Measurements taken laid flat, please double bust and waist: Shoulder: 12.20 inches (31 cm) Bust: 17.32 inches (44...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

1990s Karl Lagerfeld Red Silk Floral Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1990s Karl Lagerfeld dress. Red silk with distorted Blue, beige and green all over floral print. Sweetheart neckline with faux double breasted red buttons with KL engraved. Elbow len...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

JEAN PATOU c.1960's KARL LAGERFELD Black Short Sleeve Mod 100% Wool Shift Dress
By Jean Patou, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Thiensville, WI
Vintage c.Early 1960's Jean Patou by Karl Lagerfeld black wool mod shift dress. Round neckline. Short sleeves with cuff detailing. Four large pockets, two on chest and two on hips, w...
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1960s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

1990s Karl Lagerfeld Navy Jersey Gown
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1990s Karl Lagerfeld navy blue jersey gown ensemble. Featuring a mini slip dress under a long sleeve gown with a large key hole at bust finished off with a single button closure. Exc...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

KARL LAGERFELD Black Stretch Silk Chiffon Dress with Embellished Bust Size 40
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Karl Lagerfeld dress is composed of black silk chiffon a top a black stretch silk with an embellished bust applique. There is a center back zipper closure. In excellent vintag...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

KARL LAGERFELD Circa 1980s Navy Asymmetrical Off The Shoulder Silk Dress Size 38
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Karl Lagerfeld dress is composed of a navy silk with gold hardware. Features an off the shoulder design and diagonal back buttons, with front pockets. There is a side zipper. In...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld black and cream silk "Fringed" gown
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in New York, NY
Karl Lagerfeld black and cream silk crepe de chine and silk chiffon evening gown has black-on-black checkered print within the large black checkered silk-chiffon-fringed print. The e...
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1980s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

S/S 1992 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Backless Apron Mini Dress
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Austin, TX
S/S 1992 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Backless Apron Mini Dress Condition: Excellent Made in France Waist: inner couture waist band: 24", Dress Waist: 24"-27", Hips: 36"-42", Length 32" ...
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1990s French Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Chanel Runway Knit & Tulle Mini Dress, Spring-Summer 2009
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Geneva, CH
Runway Chanel black ribbed stretch mini dress (look 38 -> see picture 11) with white pleated knit and black tulle. Three-quarter length tiered ruffle raglan sleeves. The unlined dres...
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21st Century and Contemporary Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

1990s Karl Lagerfeld Sexy Black High Neck Halter Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Karl Lagerfeld Black Halter High Neck Dress with two front pockets Skirt has back slit. Size Label - 40 Neck opening - Circumference 13 1/2 in. Measured Flat: Bust - 15 in. Front...
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1990s Karl Lagerfeld Evening Dresses and Gowns

Karl Lagerfeld evening dresses and gowns for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Karl Lagerfeld evening dresses and gowns. 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 purple, red, 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. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of James Galanos, Galanos and Pierre Cardin appealing. On 1stDibs find designer, vintage and haute couture Karl Lagerfeld evening dresses and gowns from top boutiques around the world. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at US$392 and tops out at US$15,500, while the average work can sell for US$1,827. Karl Lagerfeld evening dresses and gowns prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes.

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