Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 10

Vintage 1978 Fendi Couture by Karl Lagerfeld Chinchilla Fur Maxi Jacket Vest

$2,500

About

Breathtaking Fendi Couture genuine chinchilla-fur vest which retailed for over $15,000. In the mid 1960's Fendi hired designer Karl Lagerfeld and this proved to be a highly successful union. The direction of the company changed from a small luxury fur line to a high profile label synonymous with elite status. The fur collection became more fun and easy to wear. This exquisite garment will make any woman shine during the cold winter months. The ultra-soft chinchilla has been worked into an abstract graphic pattern and the effect is really breathtaking. The care to piece this together after carefully selecting matching hues must have taken weeks. I love the over-sized side pockets and versatile design. The mark of a truly fashionable garment is that it remains stylish and timeless years later, as does this sumptuous chic vest. Measurements Bust:42 inches Hips:54 inches Total Length:57 inches This Fendi Couture chinchilla-fur vest is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Fully-lined in logo printed silk. Made in Italy.

Details

  • Designer
  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Length: 57 in. (144.78 cm)Bust: 42 in. (106.68 cm)Hip: 54 in. (137.16 cm)
  • Style
    Vest (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
    Italy
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Chinchilla-Fur
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3091245802

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $70 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 8-10 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Beverly Hills, CA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About Karl Lagerfeld (Designer)

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.” 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. During his five-decade career designing for Chanel, Fendi, Chloé and many others, Lagerfeld was a quintessential chameleon, ever evolving to embody the times.

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.

Although he was on a ceaseless hunt for novelty, Lagerfeld delved into the past with equal aplomb. An avid scholar of aesthetics, Lagerfeld collected everything from Old Master paintings to Belperron jewelry to Memphis furniture, amassing collections that rivaled those of the finest museums. 

In later years, the designer set his sights firmly on the here and now. In 2008, he commissioned Zaha Hadid to design the Chanel Mobile Art Pavillion, a sleekly futuristic structure that traveled the world displaying artworks inspired by the brand’s iconic quilted handbag. That same year, he moved into a new Paris apartment that echoed Hadid’s architecture: all glass, metal and cutting-edge tech. Here, Lagerfeld’s decor strictly featured works of contemporary design, including an Amanda Levete sofa and Barber & Osgerby tables from Established & Sons. It’s fitting that Lagerfeld’s lifetime of collecting culminated with a temple of modernity. With all the many personas he inhabited over the years, the one constant was his desire to transmit the pulse of his time and place.

Browse a collection of sophisticated designs by Karl Lagerfeld on 1stDibs, including evening gowns for Chanel, vintage cocktail dresses for Chloé and more. 

About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Recognized Seller
These prestigious sellers are industry leaders and represent the highest echelon for item quality and design.
Established in 2004
1stDibs seller since 2012
598 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

FENDI Black Leather Silver & Gold Metal Chain Fringe Moto Mandarin Collar Jacket
By Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Thiensville, WI
Fendi black leather metal chain fringe moto jacket designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Silver and gold-toned looped metal snake chain fringe along front and back yoke and down underside of s...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Jackets

Karl Lagerfeld Coral Red Silk Faille Reddingote Style Coat 1990s
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Karl Lagerfeld coral red silk faille reddingote style coat from the 1990s. This amazing coat is done in a beautiful shade of coral, the jacket front has princess seams, with double b...
Category

1990s Double-Breasted Jackets

2008 Chanel Convertible Jacket + Coat
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Sparks, NV
Stunning black Chanel coat that converts to a jacket by buttoning off the bottom panel! From Chanel's 2008 "Coco-Line" Airline Cruise Collection. This coat/jacket features silver and...
Category

Early 2000s Coats and Outerwear

Karl Lagerfeld Black Motorcycle Jacket with "Karl" Zipper Pulls and Studs
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Sparks, NV
Black motorcycle jacket by Karl Lagerfeld with zipper detailing. Amazing "Karl" zipper pulls and studs. Details Quilted Lining Front zip closure Front zip pockets Zip detail...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Jackets

Chanel Wool and Cashmere Coat with CC Monogram Buttons, 1998
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Portland, OR
This is a gorgeous, classic Chanel double breasted coat in black wool and cashmere with Chanel monogram buttons and matching belt. The coat has front patch pockets that button and ...
Category

1990s Coats and Outerwear

1990s Karl Lagerfeld Vintage Teal Blue Soft Angora Wool + Alpaca Trench Coat
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Sparks, NV
Amazing teal blue vintage coat by Karl Lagerfeld in a heavy wool, alpaca and angora blend. Oversized fit with notched lapels, thick sleeve cuffs and triangular patch pockets. Comes w...
Category

Late 20th Century Coats and Outerwear

Fendi Jacket + Skirt Suit Ensemble
By Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi
Located in Sparks, NV
Stunning blush pink avant garde jacket and skirt ensemble by Fendi. Unique 3/4 length sleeves and double breasted buttons on the jacket. A-line cut on the skirt. Wear together or as ...
Category

2010s Double-Breasted Jackets

Fendi Tan Leather Jacket with Fringe Detail w/ Bracelet Sleeve - 40
By Fendi
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This Fendi tan leather jacket is a unique piece. It features a round neck with ruching, layered fringe loops, and zip closures in the center and cuffs and Bracelet Sleeve. Size 40. ...
Category

2010s Jackets

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery