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Factfile: German fashion designer

By voyage reporter Eske Ansmann

Name: Karl Otto Lagerfeld
Date of birth: 10 September 1933 (Hamburg)
Profession: fashion designer, artist and photographer

Karl Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg in 1933 (although he claims to have been born in 1938) and moved to Paris in 1953.

He is famous for his work as a head designer and creative director of the fashion house Chanel, as well as for his own label and his work for the Italian fashion house, Fendi. He also worked for Chloe but Stella McCartney took over this position in 1997.

His structural and dramatic women's wear, mostly in black and white, has been extremely successful. Lagerfeld has designed outfits for famous figures, such as Madonna, Kylie Minogue and worked with the fashion brand H&M. He has caused some controversy during his career. Anna Wintour, the US Vogue editor, walked out on one of his runway shows in the 1990s when Lagerfeld employed strippers as models for his Fendi collection. He caused even more controversy when he deliberately used fur and leather in his collections, calling the discussion about it "childish".

In 2001 Lagerfeld went on a diet and lost 93 pounds. He claims that he went through this radical change because he wanted to be able to wear clothes designed by Hedi Slimane which are intended to be worn by slim boys.

Did you know ...

... the German version of Vogue was first published in 1928?