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Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion

Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion

by Alfons Kaiser


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The definitive biography of the last iconic fashion designer

“It starts with me and it ends with me."

Karl Lagerfeld stylized himself into a living logo and a myth of the fashion world.

In Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion, journalist Alfons Kaiser, who knew Lagerfeld personally for many years, introduces readers to the public and private life of the charismatic fashion designer. Kaiser explores the many eras of Lagerfeld's life: the youthful outsider in the north German flatlands; the urbane genius in Paris; the tireless draftsman; the enthusiastic photographer; the passionate book collector; and the disciplined Prussian workaholic. What is behind this larger-than-life figure who, despite a massively public persona, kept his own life story a secret? Drawing from many previously untapped sources, this biography investigates the man behind the persona: the precocious boy who preferred to draw in the attic than play with his peers; the son who quarreled with his parents but never got away from them; Yves Saint Laurent's competitor, whom he outshone in the end; the brother, uncle, friend—and finally the partner of Jacques de Bascher, the great love of his life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419757259
Publisher: Cernunnos
Publication date: 02/08/2022
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,123,333
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Alfons Kaiser is an editor at the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and is responsible for the section "Germany and the World," as well as for the monthly Frankfurter Allgemeine magazine. He prefers to write about fashion.

Table of Contents

In Loving Memory vii


Father 3

Mother 13

1933 to 1951

Birth 31

Bissenmoor 36

Childhood 39

War 45

Nazi Party 51

School 59

Humiliation 66

Sisters 70

Prussia 77

Awakening 81

1952 to 1982

Paris 91

Beginnings 98

Friends 102

On the Rise 109

Baden-Baden 118

Chloé 122

Fendi 132

Labelfeld 136

Americans 140

Jacques 155

Germans 167

Château 172

Interiors 180

1983 to 1999

Lagerfeld 190

Chanel 203

Photography 217

Models 222

Hamburg 226

Flowers 231

Journalists 235

Sketches 240

Books 244

2000 to 2019

Diet 252

Logo 256

H&M 263

Advertising 267

Enemies 272

Baptiste 278

Hudson 281

Shows 284

Criticism 291

Choupette 298

The End 302

Legacy 312

Notes 317

Family Tree 354

Acknowledgments 356

Index 358

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