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Architectural Digest (UAE) - - Contents -

Three books ex­plore the worlds of art, fash­ion and ar­chi­tec­ture

ONE OF THE MOST FA­MOUS fig­ures in the his­tory of fash­ion, Karl Lager­feld is known first and fore­most for his cre­ative helm­ing of French fash­ion house Chanel. His Blofel­dian de­vo­tion to his white cat, Choupette, comes in a close se­cond. Lesser known though, is his oc­cu­pa­tion as a high fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher. Com­piled by Pa­trick Mau­riès, Chanel: The Karl Lager­feld Cam­paigns presents the car­i­cat­urable cou­turier’s work as a mas­ter of still and mov­ing im­agery, show­cas­ing Lager­feld’s great­est cam­paigns.

The com­pi­la­tion, out now, is a chrono­log­i­cally cu­rated selec­tion of over 600 im­ages. Lager­feld joined the then-sleepy fash­ion house in 1983, and his photo shoots for the brand fea­ture the most im­por­tant fash­ion mod­els and per­son­al­i­ties of each era, in­clud­ing Kate Moss, Christy Turling­ton, and AD cover star, He­lena Christensen.

Many of the im­ages have achieved iconic sta­tus, and this com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion is a cel­e­bra­tory re­flec­tion on the last 35 years of Chanel’s game-chang­ing in­flu­ence. Lager­feld the pho­tog­ra­pher po­si­tions the cre­ations of Lager­feld the de­signer at the fore­front of fash­ion, and this book of­fers a view of the house as seen through his eyes. Thames & Hud­son, Dhs 290

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP: Model Stella Ten­nant pos­ing for Chanel's Spring/Sum­mer 1997 Ready-to-Wear cam­paign; model Guin­e­vere Van Seenus checks her Chanel purse in the house's 1996-1997 Re­sort cam­paign; model and aris­to­crat Inès de La Fres­sange stars in Chanel's Spring/Sum­mer 1989 Ready-to-Wear cam­paign

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