- Karl Lagerfeld is one of the most influential designers of the 20th Century and has worked with lots of different fashion labels, such as Chloe, Fendi and Chanel. Currently, he designs for his own label, Chanel and Fendi.
- He was born in Germany but spent most of his time based in Paris. He was born in Hamburg in the 1930's. He claims that he was born in 1938, but many others, such as people who knew him at school, say he was born in 1933.
- He moved to Paris in the early 1950's and in 1954, he won a position to apprentice with Pierre Balmain. He came in second, just behind Yves Saint Laurent. First place YSL got to help design dresses, which is what Lagerfeld always wanted to design.
- In 1958, he moved to help at Jean Patou and he also managed to design a few Haute Couture collections.
- His first collection was not well recieved, but his 1959 collections were a huge improvement. Carrie Donovan, the New York Times Magazine's Style Editor, said that the collection was 'chic, elegant and had class'.
- Although, he, again, recieved bad press in 1960, when he designed very short skirts.
- He also started working for Chloe during the 1960's. He started off by designing a few pieces, but as time went on, ended up designing whole collections.
- He started designing furs and clothes for Fendi in the late 1960's/early 1970's.
- He also started designing independently until 1982, with the help of Gilles DuFour, when he started designing Haute Couture and Ready To Wear at Chanel.
- In 1984, he started his own label which he said, would channel "intellectual sexiness", and then in 1992, he returned to Chloe and worked there until 1997, which is when Stella McCartney took over.
- In the 1990's, for his black and white Fendi Collection, he got strippers and an Italian 'adult' film star to model. This caused Anna Wintour to walk out of the runway show.
- In 2004, he helped design some outfits for Madonna's Re-Invention tour and also for Kylie Minogue's Showgirl tour.
- In November 2004, Lagerfeld worked with H&M, who offered different Largerfeld clothes in various chosen stores. The collection was nearly sold out 2 days later.
- In December 2006, he launched a new collection for both men and women, called K Karl Lagerfeld. This collection included fitted t-shirts and lots of jeans.
- He's gotten in to various 'diagreements' with animal rights activists and groups, such as PETA. He, along with Calvin Klein, were pied by PETA in 2001, in New York.
- He also argued with them about the use of furs. Lagerfeld defended using fur in fashion, calling anti-fur protesters 'childish'. He argued that animals would most likely kill their human predators and that "In a meat eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish".
- He's also faced controvesy when it comes to weight issues. He once lost 103 pounds to fit into a Hedi Slimane suit.
- Not to mention his anger at the German Magazine, Brigitte, who recently opted to feature only 'normal-sized' models. He exclaimed that 'people prefer to look at "skinny models", and those who do not are "fat mummies"' (The Guardian). He said that Brigitte was absurd and was forced by overweight women who wanted to ignore their weight issues. He went on to claim that 'these are fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of the television, saying that thin models are ugly and that the world of fashion was all to do "with dreams and illusions, and no one wants to see round women' (The Telegraph)
- He loves taking photos and often shoots his own press photos.
- He owns a bookstore in Paris, called 7L, and speaks lots of languages.
- He is also an art enthusiast. He owns lots of pieces of art and is also really into his music. He is said to own over 100 IPods and he's even a DJ in Grand Theft Auto IV.
Let me know what you think about the biography and about Karl Largerfeld. I think that despite all the controversies, he is still an absolute legend and definitely one of the most influential people in the designing world.
*Note: all the information was taken from sources across the internet, where the details didn't always match. I tried to cross reference the information as best as I could, so I apoligize for any mistakes here*
Photo credits: Picture with teddy bear