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Karl Lagerfeld


"Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step." Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel, was innovative, imaginative, prolific, and forward thinking. He helped to define the luxury fashion industry and always had an eye on the changing culture of fashion. 

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Iconic Fashion Shows and Collections
Chanel, Fall/Winter 1991
This collection is an example of what Bernadine Morris at the New York Times termed “the new age of haute couture,” where couture was about exploring directional, fashion-forward concepts instead of just creating opulent clothing. Presented at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Lagerfeld subverted stiff, prom-dressy tulle by molding it into gaucho pants, puffy parkas, and bubble dresses.
Karl Lagerfeld, Fall/Winter 1985
This collection continued the development of Lagerfeld’s Chanel. Beaded looks were made to look like intricate tapestries and the hems of skirts were either floor-length or well above the knee, a deviation from Chanel’s strict rule of creating skirts 2 in. (5 cm) below the knee, no matter the fashion. The final bridal look was a white satin miniskirt suit. Two-tone, matronly pumps were a Chanel signature; the black stilettos in the collection underscored the younger, sexier direction of the house. Lagerfeld also introduced quilted leather belts, which were used to create nipped-in waists—the trend of the season.
Chanel, Spring/Summer 1995 
The reductive ethos of minimalism persisted in fashion in the 90s, and by the mid-1990s even designers such as Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, known for showy designs during the 1980s, began to show clothes that bore minimalism’s influence.
Karl Lagerfeld


Throughout history, a red carpet has ceremoniously been tied with formal events and celebrations, as the luxury marks the route guests will take. The Red Carpet today has become synonymous with celebrities and award shows. While the awards take place inside, much of the excitement comes from the Red Carpet, where celebrities flaunt designer outfits and journalists discuss the details of each ensemble. Red Carpet fashion has become just as important as the awards themselves.

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Celebrity Culture and Fashion’s Front Row

Image: Jean Paul Gaultier, F/W 1997. Photographer: Niall McInerney


Object Study: The Ball Gown

Image: © 2013 The Museum at FIT


Politics and the Red Carpet

Image: Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, S/S 1993. Photographer: Niall McInerney



Image from China Fashion Week 2019


About the image: NE-TIGER Collection show by Chinese designer Zhang Zhifeng on day one of the China Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019.

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