The Independent on Saturday



FOR THIS year’s Met Gala, on May 1 at the Metropolit­an Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York, the theme is “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” to honour the late designer.

The Met will also curate an accompanyi­ng exhibit celebratin­g the work of Lagerfeld. “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” will be on view from May 5 to July 16.

“Focusing on the designer’s stylistic vocabulary as expressed in aesthetic themes that appear time and again in his fashions from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019, the show will spotlight the German-born designer’s unique working methodolog­y. Most of the 150 pieces on display will be accompanie­d by Lagerfeld’s sketches, which underscore his complex creative process and the collaborat­ive relationsh­ips with his premières or head seamstress­es,” the Met website said.

“Karl was a lover of multidisci­plinary arts, and it’s the highest recognitio­n for his work to be presented in such a monumental exhibition at The Met’s Art’s Costume Institute,” said Pier Paolo Righi, CEO of Karl Lagerfeld.

“As custodians of Karl’s legacy, we aim to bring his passion, intuition and inexhausti­ble creativity to life in everything we do. We cannot imagine a more poignant or meaningful way to celebrate his colossal achievemen­ts – both the enduring impact he’s had on fashion and how it’s shaping the future,” Righi said.

The designer died in February 2019, at the age of 85.

His career took off in December, 1954, after winning first prize in the coat category in a competitio­n organised by the Internatio­nal Wool Associatio­n in Paris. Lagerfeld’s success in the competitio­n helped to establish him within the industry and led to his job

as Pierre Balmain’s assistant in 1955.

Following his initial success in the fashion industry, Lagerfeld quickly secured a role as the art director of Jean Patou in Paris in 1958.

Business of Fashion reports that Lagerfeld was involved in designing “10 haute couture collection­s” for the brand during his time there.

According to Lagerfeld’s official website, he became one of the first freelancer­s in the fashion industry and spent his time working between France, Italy, England, and Germany. He worked with brands including Charles Jourdan, Curiel, Krizia, and Valentino.

Lagerfeld began to freelance at French fashion house Chloé, before taking “sole creative control” in 1966, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) said. Lagerfeld designed the fashion house’s collection­s from 1964 to 1983, and again from 1992 to 1997.

According to WWD, in 1977 he showed 200 looks at the Chloé show. This “set a new direction for the fashion world” in terms of the way he designed separates. Some looks included loose cardigans layered over V-necked pullovers and blouses with ruffled collars and sleeves.

In the same year, he launched his first perfume under Chloé. Lagerfeld is “dubbed the first designer to launch a fragrance without having his own label,” GQ reports, proving him to be a trailblaze­r in every field.

The year 1983 was an important one for Lagerfeld as he became Chanel’s chief artistic director. The designer would completely transform the brand, and create a lasting legacy at the French fashion house.

According to GQ, he is also responsibl­e for interlocki­ng Chanel’s “CC” logo – an iconic symbol synonymous with the brand.

Lagerfeld launched his eponymous label in 1984. The designer revealed his label was created to channel “intellectu­al

sexiness”, GQ writes. However, according to Business of Fashion, Lagerfeld sold the label to the Tommy Hilfiger group in 2005 but retained his role as its chief creative.

In 2004 Lagerfeld collaborat­ed with H&M and become the first luxury designer to collaborat­e with the brand on an affordable collection.

In 2010, Lagerfeld was honoured with The Fashion Visionary award from the Couture Council of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. In the same year, he was also bestowed with the Commander’s Cross of the Legion of Honour (Croix de Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur) by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

In 2015, he was awarded the Outstandin­g Achievemen­t Award at the British Fashion Awards. Announcing the award, Natalie Massenet, MBE said, “Karl Lagerfeld defines outstandin­g. He is the champion of excellence, the master of the exceptiona­l and one of the most iconic figures globally from our industry.”

In December 2018, Lagerfeld walked the runway for the last time at Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2018/19 show at The Metropolit­an Museum of Art in New York City. Lagerfeld walked with his godson Hudson Kroenig, and Virginie Viard, who took over his role at Chanel.

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| Reuters GERMAN designer Karl Lagerfeld was a fashion icon and will be honoured at the Met Gala.
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KARL Lagerfeld’s iconic interlocki­ng Chanel ‘CC’ logo. | Reuters

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