A compelling look at the aesthetic and historical significance of Lagerfeld's work—from his elegantly tailored pieces for Chanel to the witty playful ensembles that came to define the Lagerfeld brand.
"[Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty] sheds light on the work of a designer of genius who marked the history of fashion . . . forever.—CHANEL
This first complete investigation into Karl Lagerfeld's (1933-2019) artistry explores his extraordinary 65-year career, from the designs for Chloé and Fendi in the 1960s and 1970s to his celebrated leadership in the 1980s and beyond at Chanel and with his own label. Inspired by the "line of beauty" theorized by eighteenth-century English painter William Hogarth, this dazzling publication pursues the straight and serpentine "lines" and their intersections in Lagerfeld's work as a means of understanding his unique creative process.
The book's elegant parchment and cloth cover, emulating an artist's portfolio, opens onto a pageant of stunning new photography by Julia Hetta of Lagerfeld's fashion alongside the designer's original sketches. The juxtaposition of drawings with finished pieces offers a window into Lagerfeld's creative brilliance. Texts include personal reflections from Lagerfeld's premières d’ateliers—the seamstresses behind his extraordinary creations—as well as Anna Wintour, Patrick Hourcade, Amanda Harlech, and Tadao Ando. Not only a lavish objet but also an important resource on Lagerfeld, the book concludes with an illustrated timeline of the designer's long and illustrious career.
"Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty invites the public into Karl's world and reveals the dualities within his work."—FENDI
"This catalogue is a guide to the man and his work, a guide that Karl—even Karl—would have loved."—Anna Wintour
"The intersection of a serpentine line with a straight line . . . cross, overlap, and crush against each other, creating tension and expansion . . . offering a glimpse into the introspective world of Karl Lagerfeld."—Tadao Ando
- 436 pages - 10 inches W x 9.8 inches L - Hardcover - Metropolitan Museum of Art - 2023 - Photography - Item #: 978-1588397584
You may also like
Sign up below to receive Free Domestic Standard Shipping on your orders.
By signing up, you agree to receive promotional communication from The Getty Store.