On February 19, 2019, the world lost a true fashion icon with the passing of 85-year-old Karl Lagerfeld, the head of Chanel and a giant in the industry who was absolutely unparalleled in his legacy. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, and was so unwell that he wasn’t able to attend last month’s Chanel couture show in Paris.
Lagerfeld began his career as an assistant to French designer Pierre Balmain, and then moved on to work with Jean Patou, for whom he designed 10 couture collections in five years. During the 1960s and 1970s, he designed for several fashion houses, including Chloé (which he took over in 1966), Tiziani, and Fendi, for which he was the creative director of until he died. In 1984, he launched his own label—”Karl Lagerfeld”—but it was a year before, in 1983, that he signed on at Chanel, which he is arguably most well known for.
Chanel’s official statement on Lagerfeld’s passing says, “It is with deep sadness that the house of Chanel announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld. A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The house of Chanel benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to fashion since 1987. Finally, one cannot refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery.”
It is with complete admiration and respect that we look back at some of Lagerfeld’s most stunning bridal creations.
With over 70 years of remarkable creativity and influence in the fashion industry, Karl Lagerfeld most certainly left his very unique mark on the world. In 2010, he received the Couture Council Fashion Visionary Award from the Fashion Institute of Technology, which was created especially for him. His creativity and passion will be greatly missed. This list was compiled by representatives at Olympia in Los Angeles.
Numéro magazine photo by Karl Lagerfeld | Irina Lazareanu and Karl Lagerfeld photo courtesy of Getty Images | Claudia Schiffer and Karl Lagerfeld photo courtesy of AFP/Getty | Lily Cole photo courtesy of Vogue.co.uk | Claudia Schiffer photo courtesy of Getty Images via Bertrand Rindoff Petroff | Kendall Jenner photo from WireImage via Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho | Chanel spring/summer 2013 couture show courtesy of Vogue.com | Lily Allen photos courtesy of Chanel.com | Cara Delevingne photo courtesy of Getty Images via Michel Dufour | Chanel Pre-Fall 2013 collection photo courtesy of Vogue.com | Camille Hurel photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho | Ashleigh Good photos by Catwalking.com | Adut Akech photo courtesy of Vogue.co.uk