It’s still an emotional period as the fashion world mourns the loss of Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most iconic and certainly prolific fashion designers for the past century.
The German designer, who was the Creative Director of Chanel and Fendi, passed away in Paris on Tuesday at the age of 85 after a period of ill health in recent weeks.
Yet the famous couturier whose accomplished designs dominated the fashion scene for the past 50 years definitely left behind an impressive legacy. He was a figure not just of fashion but of popular culture, transforming high fashion from a niche interest to creating unprecedented impact in the industry.
These six moments made Karl Lagerfeld a legendary fashion icon in the world, and for that, he will always be remembered in the fashion world.
1. His work for Pierre Balmain and many other iconic fashion brands
Born in Hamburg and moving to Paris as a teenager, Karl’s illustrious career began in 1955 when he was hired as an assistant by Pierre Balmain after winning the International Wool Association design competition for his sketch of a coat. This achievement showed his precocious talent and after three years of working with Balmain, he became the artistic director of Jean Patou where he created two haute couture collections per year. In 1964, he freelanced for various high-end brands including Chloé and Valentino, before moving on to Fendi and Chanel as the brands’ creative director.