German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld who is the brain behind some of the famous fashion brands around the world and one known for his unique style of dressing, has died at the age of 85 in Paris France.
According to Reuters, Karl Lagerfeld was hugely influential and successful creative director of three fashion houses: Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous fashion label. He was the driving force behind Chanel ’s acquisition of ateliers (private workshops) with such specialities as embroidery, feathers and flower making, in order to ensure the survival of their expertise.
The surprise is that he simultaneously embraced technology, contributing to both sides of the discussion between hand and machine.
The House of Karl Lagerfeld announced his death a few hours ago with this statement:
“The House of KARL LAGERFELD shares, with deep emotion and sadness, the passing of its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, on February 19, 2019, in Paris, France.
He was one of the most influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, universal symbol of style. Driven by a phenomenal sense of creativity, Karl was passionate, powerful and intensely curious.
He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time, and there are no words to express how much he will be missed.” the statement said.
Nothing was said as to the cause of his death, but Reuters reports that Karl Lagerfeld has been suffering ill-health and failed to show up at Chanel’s January show in Paris for his customary bow, to the surprise of many.
He was born in Hamburg in 1933 and died in Paris France 2019. May his soul Rest in Peace.