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Karl Otto Lagerfeld
(September 10, 1933 - living) Germany

Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion designer


Karl LagerfeldKarl Otto Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany, the son of businessman Otto Lagerfeld, and his wife Elisabeth Bahlmann. He expressed an interest in design and fashion from an early age; as a child, he pored over fashion magazines and was known to be sharply critical of what classmates wore to school.

As a teen, Lagerfeld earned the attention of French designer Pierre Balmain, for whom he worked for three years. While his early work generally was not well received, Lagerfeld found success when he began designing for Tiziani in 1963; from there, he began to freelance for fashion houses including Chloe (where his spring 1973 collection was praised for its "high fashion and high camp"), Curiel, and Fendi.

Karl LagerfeldBy the 1980s, Lagefeld had established himself as one of the world's great fashion designers, and his work with Chanel and his own label further cemented his stardom. Lagerfeld's career has not been without controversy, however, with, among other things, his history of disparaging comments about women with what he views as less than "ideal" forms (including, most recently, Adele) and his unapologetic use of fur in fashion.

In the early 1970s, Lagerfeld started a long-term relationship with socialite Jacques de Bascher that lasted until de Bascher's death from AIDS-related illness in 1989 (he was thirty-seven); for many years, Lagerfeld could not speak of de Bascher without bursting into tears.


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