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Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg. He has claimed he was born in 1938, to Elisabeth (born Bahlman) and his Swedish father Otto Lagerfeldt.[6] He is known to insist that no one knows his real birth date: Interviewed on French television in February 2009, Lagerfeld said that he was "born neither in 1933 nor 1938."[7] In April 2013 he finally declared that he was born in 1935.[8] His older sister, Martha Christiane (a.k.a. Christel), was born in 1931. Lagerfeld also has an older half-sister, Thea, from his father's first marriage. His original name was Lagerfeldt (with a "t"), but he later changed it to Lagerfeld as "it sounds more commercial."[9] Lagerfeld grew up as the son of a wealthy businessman from Hamburg who was introducing condensed milk. His family was mainly shielded from the deprivations of World War II due to his father's business interests. (Glücksklee-Milch GmbH) to Germany;[10][11] his mother is from Berlin.[12] According to Alicia Drake,[vague] Lagerfeld's mother, Elisabeth Bahlmann, was a lingerie saleswoman in Berlin when she met her husband and married him in 1930. After attending a private school, Lagerfeld finished his secondary school at the Lycée Montaigne in Paris, where he majored in drawing and history.[13] Lagerfeld was hired as Pierre Balmain's assistant after winning the coats category in a design competition sponsored by the International Wool Secretariat in 1955. In 1958, after three years at Balmain, he moved to Jean Patou where he designed two haute couture collections a year for five years. His first collection was shown in a two-hour presentation in July 1958, but he used the name Roland Karl, rather than Karl Lagerfeld (although in 1962, reporters began referring to him as Karl Lagerfelt or Karl Logerfeld). The first collection was poorly received. Carrie Donovan wrote that "the press booed the collection"[citation needed]. The UPI noted: "The firm's brand new designer, 25-year old Roland Karl, showed a collection which stressed shape and had no trace of last year's sack." The reporter went on to say that "A couple of short black cocktail dresses were cut so wide open at the front that even some of the women reporters gasped. Other cocktail and evening dresses feature low, low-cut backs." Most interestingly, Karl said that his design silhouette for the season was called by the letter "K" (for Karl), which was translated into a straight line in front, curved in at the waist in the back, with a low fullness to the skirt. His skirts for the spring 1960 season were the shortest in Brisbane, and the collection was not well received. Carrie Donovan said it "looked like clever and immensely salable ready-to-wear, not couture." In his late 1960

but not groundbreaking."' In 1963.) His first collection was described as having a "drippy drapey elegance" designed for a "1930s cinema queen. pancake shaped circles of satin. pleated silk." he told a reporter at the time. which consisted of mini bra dresses with very short skirts. borrowed Catherine the Great's jewels from Harry Winston. and designed for theatres like La Scala in Milan (Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz." according to one report in 1969.collection he designed special little hats. "It seems that wearing these skirts is an extraordinary sensation. he would soon design the entire collection. he began designing for Tiziani. he began to collaborate with Italian fashion house Fendi. which hung on the cheek. His Chloe collection for Spring 1973 (shown in October 1972) garnered headlines for offering something both "high fashion and high camp. Starting in the 1970s. so loose that it hid the fact it was actually pants. which was ankle-length. bearing the label "Tiziani-Roma – Made in England. In 1972. at first designing a few pieces a season. to be worn under a black velvet ankle-length cape. Tiziani threw caution and invitations to the winds. Texas."[according to whom?] The Curiel mannequins all wore identical." Lagerfeld and Richards sketched the first collection in 1963 together. Lagerfeld has occasionally worked as a costume designer for theatrical productions. died in November 1969. and long dresses with bra tops and scarf shawls. He also showed black velvet shorts. He was replaced in 1969 with Guy Douvier. 1924) of Jacksboro. a woman named Gigliola Curiel. but that didn't work. "I became bored there. 1980. so I spent two years mostly on beaches – I guess I studied life. In 1970. Lagerfeld designed for the company until 1969. He designed something he called a "surprise" skirt. "When they wound up with 90 outfits. designing furs. Lagerfeld had begun to freelance for French fashion house Chloé in 1964. It began as couture and then branched out into ready-to-wear. clothing and accessories. Doris Duke and Principessa Borghese were also customers while Lagerfeld was designing the line. and opened his salon with a three-night wingding. He collaborated with stage directors such as Luca Ronconi and Jürgen Flimm. directed by Ronconi). He also designed a look inspired by Carmen Miranda. a Roman couture house founded that year by Evan Richards (b. he also began a brief design collaboration with Roman Haute Couture house Curiel (the designer. too. short-cropped blonde wigs. He called them "slaps in the face." He showed loose Spencer jackets and printed silk shirt jackets. Gina Lollobrigida. As more and more pieces were incorporated. the ." Karl's collection were said to be well received. and I quit and tried to go back to school. Elizabeth Taylor was a fan of the label (she referred to Evan as "Evan Tiziani") and began wearing it in August 1966.

In 2004. [14] The collection.Burgtheater in Vienna (Komödie der Verführung by Arthur Schnitzler. and worked with Trevira as a fashion adviser. Lagerfeld collaborated with the international Swedish fashion brand H&M. 1990."[15] Lagerfeld designed the costumes for the Carmen sequences in the 2002 film Callas Forever. directed by Flimm). Lagerfeld has expressed some fear that working with lower-end . Only two days after having supplied its outlets. he had also been maintaining a design contract with the Japanese firm Isetan. and at the Diesel Denim Galleries in New York and Tokyo. Karl Lagerfeld asked Renzo Rosso. and the Salzburg Festival (Der Schwierige by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. directed by Horst Zankl). On 12 November 2004. [16] In a statement after the show in Paris. Rosso said "I am honored to have met this fashion icon of our time. In 2002. which was titled Lagerfeld Gallery by Diesel. was codesigned by Lagerfeld and then developed by Diesel's Creative Team. under the supervision of Rosso. During the first week of sales in New York. It consisted of five pieces that were presented during the designer's catwalk shows during Paris Fashion Week[15] and then sold in very strict limited editions at the Lagerfeld Galleries in Paris and Monaco. more than 90% of the trousers had already been sold out. to create collections for both men and women through 30 licenses. H&M offered a limited range of different Lagerfeld clothes in chosen outlets for both women and men. was designing shoes for Charles Jourdan. to collaborate with him on a special denim collection for the Lagerfeld Gallery. and recently designed outfits for Kylie Minogue's Showgirl tour.840. had a lingerie line in the US. he designed some outfits for the international music artist Madonna. the founder of Diesel. 1980. for her Re-Invention tour. H&M announced that almost all the clothes were sold out. tradition and challenge. and the fact that he thought of Diesel for this collaboration is a great gift and acknowledgement of our reputation as the prêt-à-porter of casual wear. produced by Eve Stillmann. Karl represents creativity. International fame (1982–present)[edit source | editbeta] Lagerfeld at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival At the time. even though prices ranged from as high as $240 to $1. sweaters for Ballantyne.

He also personally photographed Mariah Carey for the cover of V magazine in 2005.[citation needed] although in the past he has worked closely with the hosiery designer Wolford. and more. a series of nude pictures of models and celebrities. In the 1980s. Numéro and the Russian and German editions of Vogue. Lagerfeld announced the launch of a new collection for men and women dubbed K Karl Lagerfeld. The World. In 2009. the world’s first dedicated fashion island. He produced Visionaire 23: The Emperor's New Clothes.500. dolls. in line with their mandate[vague] to fulfil unmet market needs. Lagerfeld created a teddy bear in his likeness produced by Steiff in a limited-edition of 2. an investments enterprise that will focus on first-of-its-kind projects in non-conventional growth sectors. Lagerfeld is to design limited edition homes[vague] on Isla Moda. The designer was also the subject of a French reality series called Signé Chanel in 2005. Lagerfeld photographs advertising campaigns for the houses under his direction (Chanel. He has also supported and encouraged the work of up-and-coming designers including Philip Colbert of Rodnik. The show covered the creation of his Fall/Winter 2004–2005 Chanel couture collection. Lagerfeld is also a photographer.[citation needed] On 18 December 2006.[19] Lagerfeld has been immortalized in many forms: pins. the Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Emperor's New Clothes" was published with drawings by Lagerfeld. In addition to his editorial work for Harper's Bazaar.[17] Lagerfeld has signed a deal with Dubai Infinity Holdings (DIH). shirts. This will be a collaboration between Dubai Infinity Holdings and Lagerfeld across the GCC and India. The collection includes fitted Tshirts and a wide range of jeans. Fendi and his eponymous line) every season. Tra Tutti began selling Karl Lagermouse and Karl Lagerfelt. mini Lagerfelds in the form of mice and finger puppets respectively.[citation needed] Lagerfeld is the host of fictional radio station "K109 – The Studio" in the videogame Grand Theft Auto IV.brands will taint his image.500 that sold for $1.[18] In 2008.[vague] set in the iconic[vague] development.[20] . It aired on Sundance Channel in the United States during the fall of 2006.

Lagerfeld's homeland. Lagerfeld and Swedish crystal manufacturer Orrefors announced a collaboration for designing a crystal art collection. The tofu pies hurled by animal rights activists in protest of his use of fur within his collections. while he called Lagerfeld a "designer dinosaur" who continues to use fur in his collections. "The Couture Council Fashion Visionary Award". who doesn't use fur. A PETA spokesperson described the hit on Klein as "friendly fire".Lagerfeld with Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.[28] . Controversies[edit source | editbeta] In 1993. he directed the short film Once Upon a Time.. New York.[23] In the French issue of Architectural Digest in May 2012. "a great friend to the animals".[24] He also revealed his vast collection of Suzanne Belperron's pins and brooches and used the colour of one of her blue chalcedony rings as the starting point for the Chanel spring/summer 2012 collection. Karl Lagerfeld shows off his apartment in Paris. explaining that he had taken the design from a book about the Taj Mahal. despite apologies from the designer and the fashion house. however went astray and hit Calvin Klein. Germany. 2011 On 10 September 2010.[21] On 10 November 2010.[22] The first collection was launched in spring 2011 under the name "Orrefors by Karl Lagerfeld". The designer apologized.[25] In 2013. in the Cité du Cinéma by Luc Besson in Saint-Denis with Keira Knightley in the role of Coco Chanel and Clotilde Hesme in the role of his aunt Adrienne Chanel.. when the Indonesian Muslim Scholars Council in Jakarta called for a boycott of Chanel and threatened to file formal protests with the government of Mr. at a benefit luncheon at Avery Fisher Hall. calling Klein. The controversy erupted after the 1994 couture show in Paris. thinking the words came from a love poem.[26] There was much controversy from Lagerfeld's use of a verse from the Qur'an in his spring 1994 couture collection for Chanel. he caused US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to walk out of his Milan Fashion Week runway show when he employed strippers and adult film star Moana Pozzi to model his black-and-white collection for Fendi.[27] Lagerfeld was the target of a pieing by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in 2001 at a fashion premiere at Lincoln Center in New York City. the Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology presented Lagerfeld with an award created for him.

[9] . sister of Catherine. After German designer Wolfgang Joop called Klum. his explanation was ". to wear clothes designed by Hedi Slimane."[34] Lagerfeld created an international furore on 9 February 2012. She should only show her back".. Jean-Claude Houdret. for her "romantic beauty" before adding "I don't like the sister's face.[29] and "particularly delusional with his kill-or-be-killed mentality.6 pounds) in 13 months in 2001.[32] "no runway model.I suddenly wanted to dress differently.[35][36] Lagerfeld later caused controversy on 31 July 2012 when he criticized Pippa Middleton. the discussion of fur is childish. It took me exactly thirteen months. which he promoted on Larry King Live and other shows. although he himself doesn't wear fur and hardly eats meat.. very slim boys—and not men my age—required me to lose at least 40 kg." "But these fashions. for her looks. Adele hit back by saying she is like the majority of women. on their website as saying: "It's the triumph of fake fur … because fake fur changed so much and became so great now that you can hardly see a difference. which led to a book called The Karl Lagerfeld Diet." The diet was created specially for Lagerfeld by Dr. modeled by very.[33] Lagerfeld followed suit by saying that neither he nor Claudia Schiffer knew Klum as she has never worked in Paris and is insignificant in the world of high fashion. The comment was made when Lagerfeld was praising Catherine. This caused instant fury throughout the United Kingdom and Lagerfeld responded with a statement of apology. and she is very proud of that fact. when he called the singer Adele "A little too fat"." Spokespersons for PETA called Lagerfeld "a fashion dinosaur who is as out of step as his furs are out of style"."[31] Lagerfeld in 2009 joined critics of supermodel Heidi Klum. and maintained that "in a meat-eating world.[37][38][39] Weight loss[edit source | editbeta] When Lagerfeld lost 42 kg (roughly 92. Duchess of Cambridge. She is simply too heavy and has too big a bust". killing those beasts who would kill us if they could". Duchess of Cambridge. wearing leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags.Lagerfeld defends the fur industry and the use of fur in fashion. When was the last time a person's life was threatened by a mink or rabbit?"[30] In 2010. who used fake fur in his 2010 Chanel collection. In a BBC interview in 2009 he claimed that hunters "make a living having learnt nothing else than hunting. PETA quotes Lagerfeld. who had posed naked on the cover of the German edition of GQ magazine. being "more bling bling and glamorous than current fashion.

On June 1.[40] .Personal life[edit source | editbeta] Lagerfeld owns a mansion in Paris. he indicated he would marry Choupette were it legal. and shares his life with a Siamese cat named Choupette. 2013.