Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion (Paperback)

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“A must-have for every aficionado” (Vogue), the definitive biography of Karl Lagerfeld—the last iconic fashion designer and celebrated creative director of Chanel.
“It starts with me and it ends with me.
Karl Lagerfeld stylized himself into a living logo and a myth of the fashion world.
In Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion, journalist Alfons Kaiser, who knew Lagerfeld personally for many years, introduces readers to the public and private life of the charismatic fashion designer. Kaiser explores the many eras of Lagerfeld’s life: the youthful outsider in the north German flatlands; the urbane genius in Paris; the tireless draftsman; the enthusiastic photographer; the passionate book collector; and the disciplined Prussian workaholic. What is behind this larger-than-life figure who, despite a massively public persona, kept his own life story a secret?
Drawing from many previously untapped sources, this biography investigates the man behind the persona: the precocious boy who preferred to draw in the attic than play with his peers; the son who quarreled with his parents but never got away from them; Yves Saint Laurent’s competitor, whom he outshone in the end; the brother, uncle, friend—and finally the partner of Jacques de Bascher, the great love of his life.

About the Author

Alfons Kaiser is an editor at the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and is responsible for the section “Germany and the World,” as well as for the monthly Frankfurter Allgemeine magazine. He prefers to write about fashion.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781419766305
ISBN-10: 1419766309
Publisher: Cernunnos
Publication Date: March 28th, 2023
Pages: 384
Language: English