Karl Lagerfeld Biography – Karl Lagerfeld Wiki
Karl Lagerfeld full name Karl Otto Lagerfeld, was a German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer and caricaturist.
Lagerfeld emigrated to Paris at the age of 14 and studied drawing and history, before becoming a design assistant for Pierre Balmain, and later Jean Patou, working on the haute couture collections.
He took on the role of costume designer for a number of productions, including Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz at Milan’s La Scala theatre, Komödie der Verführung by Arthur Schnitzler at the Burgtheater in Vienna and Der Schwierige by Hugo von Hofmannsthal at the Salzburg Festival.
In 1955, Lagerfeld worked at Pierre Balmain after winning a competition, before working at Jean Patou, Krizia, Charles Jourdan and Valentino.
In 1967, he joined Fendi, then Chloe the following decade. He joined Chanel in 1983, only a decade after Coco Chanel died and only five years after the label’s first ready-to-wear collection. In 1984, he launched his own name Karl Lagerfeld label.
Karl Lagerfeld Age
He was born on 10 September 1933 in Hamburg, Germany, to a German businessman father and Swedish mother. He died on 19 February 2019 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, aged 85.
Karl Lagerfeld Family
He was the son of businessman Otto Lagerfeld and Elizabeth Bahlmann. His father owned a company that produced and imported evaporated milk, while his maternal grandfather Karl Bahlmann was a local politician for the Catholic Centre Party. His mother was a lingerie saleswoman from Berlin when she met his father. His parents were married in 1930.
He has one older sister, Martha Christiane, who was born in 1931, and an older half-sister – Thea – from his father’s first marriage.
Karl Lagerfeld Wife – was Karl Lagerfeld ever married
Lagerfeld never married. He admitted he would have tied the knot with his pet if he could because she was his soulmate.
Karl Lagerfeld Children
Lagerfeld did not have any biological children. He had a godson named Hudson Kroenig.
Karl Lagerfeld Daughter
He never had a daughter.
Karl Lagerfeld Partner
He had a long-term relationship with socialite Jacques de Bascher from the early 1970s until Jacques’ death from AIDS in 1989 at the age of 38.
Karl Lagerfeld Net Worth
He had an estimated net worth of $200 million.
Karl Lagerfeld Weight Loss
In 2001, Lagerfeld lost 42 kg (about 92.6 lbs.) in 13 months. He said about his weight loss: “I suddenly wanted to dress differently, to wear clothes designed by Hedi Slimane…. But these fashions, modeled by very, very slim boys—and not men my age—required me to lose at least 40 kg. It took me exactly 13 months.”
Karl Lagerfeld Diet
He lost 90lbs on a diet which included eating tuna and blackberry mousse. The Weight loss led to a diet book, The Karl Lagerfeld Diet.
Karl Lagerfeld Cancer
He had pancreatic cancer.
Karl Lagerfeld Death
He was admitted to the American Hospital of Paris in Parisian suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine on 18 February 2019 and passed away on 19 February 2019.
Karl Lagerfeld Cause of Death
Karl Lagerfeld’s cause of death has not been disclosed.
Karl Lagerfeld Nationality
He was of German nationality.
Karl Lagerfeld Cat
Lagerfeld owned a red point Birman cat named Choupette, which, in June 2013, he indicated he would marry, if it were legal.
Karl Lagerfeld Gay
Lagerfeld was in a relationship with his boyfriend of 18 years, Jacques de Bascher, who died of complications from AIDS in 1989 at the age of 38. He never had another relationship after the tragic loss of his partner.
Karl Lagerfeld Tributes
Chanel’s chief executive, Alain Wertheimer, said in a statement: “Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of Chanel’s success throughout the world.”
Victoria Beckham wrote on Instagram: “So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP”
US First Lady Melania Trump shared images on Twitter of a design created by Lagerfeld for her first official White House appearance. She wrote: “Today the world lost a creative genius. We will miss you Karl! #RIPKarlLagerfeld”
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) February 19, 2019
Karl Lagerfeld Quotes
“I am very much down to Earth. Just not this earth.”
“When I was four I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday.”
“I have a sort of Alzheimer’s for my own work, which I think is a very good thing. Today too many people remember what they did – just forget it all and start again.”
“We created a product nobody needs, but people want. If you need an ugly old car, it can wait, but if you want a new fashion item, it cannot wait.”
“Vanity is the healthiest thing in life.”
“I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long.”
“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.”
“Whatever it is, good or bad, it influences fashion. You can see that in fashion quicker than in any other thing going on. Fashion is something that reflects our lives and times with the shortest release because, cars, design and architecture take years to realise.”
“Why should I stop working? If I do, I’ll die and it’ll be all finished.”
“I have nothing to say. I’m actually trying to make sure that I won’t be remembered.”