LOVELY ORIGINAL WORKING COLOR PENCIL FASHION SKETCH, WITH FABRIC SWATCH, BY KARL LAGERFELD
LAGERFELD, Karl. Original color pencil fashion sketch. [Paris]: no date. Original pencil and color pencil fashion sketch, on card, measuring 8 by 18-1/2 inches. $5200.
Striking original color fashion sketch on card, with penciled annotations and fabric swatch stapled to the card matching the colors in the sketch, by renowned fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel.
Lagerfeld was known as the creative director of the French fashion house Chanel, a position held from 1983 until his death in 2019, and was also creative director of the Italian fashion house Fendi, and created his own eponymous fashion label. "Lagerfeld created so much… up to 17 collections a year for 54 years, for multiple brands, including Chanel, a sleepy legacy house he took over in 1983 and turned into a luxury behemoth. But Lagerfeld's greatest invention may have been himself" (New York Times Magazine). "Lagerfeld was 49 when he became head designer at Chanel. It seemed perfect, and many of the designers who came after—Tom Ford, Riccardo Tisci—had much to learn from him about how to revivify an old brand. His empire grew until it began to look, as it does today, an unmistakable part of the world, and his secret, according to him, was to keep working harder than anybody else and to scent newness while renovating tradition. 'Fashion is also an attempt to make certain invisible aspects of the reality of the moment visible,' he wrote in the catalog that accompanied Chanel's landmark 2005 show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art" (New York Times). Lagerfeld was also a voracious bibliophile. Two names are written in red pencil at the lower margin of the card, "Dora" and "Greta," possibly the names of appropriate models or seamstresses for this outfit.