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