Artist: Karl Lagerfeld
Title: Original Drawing T-754
Medium: Mixed Media, ink pen on paper with fabric
Size: Paper size 15 ½” x 11 ¾”
Year: Circa 1963-1969
Condition: Very good condition overall for its age; please request condition report for full details
Documentation: Letter of provenance from original owner; gallery certificate of authenticity
Karl Lagerfeld is one of the most renowned fashion designers in the world. Though recognized for his innovative and bold approach to fashion, he was also a talented illustrator. Original Drawing T-754 consists of designs for a fur-lined coat and an elegant sheer dress. The detailed sketches display Lagerfeld’s quick wit for visualizing an entire ensemble. The designer often attached swatches of fabrics to his fashion drawings to specify the colors for his designs.
Original Drawing T-754 is one of Lagerfeld’s rare fashion drawings part of the Tiziani Archives. In 1963, Lagerfeld worked alongside American designer Evans Richards in the Tiziani fashion house where he remained until 1969. During this time Richards saved some of Lagerfeld’s sketches as the designer often disposed of them. Although the piece is not individually signed, the sketch comes with a letter of provenance from the original owner and a gallery certificate of authenticity.
The drawing is in very good condition overall for its age. Please request a condition report for full details. Though unframed, framing for Original Drawing T-754 is offered for an additional cost.
A sketch of an inauguration ensemble for First Lady Michelle Obama by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, a strapless black and red gown and a white suit. 125 sketches from Karl Lagerfeld's early career will be auctioned on April 18th Sketches were drawn by the fashion icon during the sixties when he worked for Italian fashion house Tiziani in Rome. Karl Lagerfeld Original Fashion Sketch Ink Drawing with Watercolor 600, ca. Mixed Media: ink pen and watercolor on paper. 15 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. This is a unique work. Ships from Minneapolis, MN, US. Shipping: $80 domestic only. Modern Artifact.
Karl Lagerfeld Sketches His Life
A collection of hand-drawn sketches by the iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is up for auction in Miami later this month. The rare sketches were created by Lagerfeld in the early 1960s for the Italian fashion house Tiziani, where he began his career as a freelance designer. Palm Beach Modern Auctions first offered a selection of sketches and memorabilia from the Tiziani Estate in a January 2014 sale which gained worldwide press and a blog post from Choupette (Karl Lagerfeld's Birman cat), and offered the remaining pieces from the collection when they became available in April 2019.
About Karl Lagerfeld: Karl Lagerfeld is one of the best-known fashion designers in the world. Highly regarded for his bold designs and constant reinvention, Lagerfeld was the main creative force behind his label and other renowned brands such as Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, and Fendi.
Lagerfeld was born on September 10, 1933, in Hamburg, Germany. At a young age, he showed interest in fashion, but would not pursue it until his teenage years. Initially wanting to be an illustrator or portrait artist, he moved to Paris and began studying drawing and history. He would eventually pursue fashion as a living.
In 1954, a seventeen-year-old Lagerfeld entered a contest organized by the International Wool Association and submitted a series of sketches and fabric samples. He won first place with a sketch for a coat. Pierre Balmain, the designer who produced the coat, offered Lagerfeld a job as his junior assistant. By 1957, Lagerfeld was the art director for Jean Patou. After his time with Patou, he became one of the first freelance fashion designers. As a freelancer, he worked with various haute couture collections between France, Italy, England, and Germany. Most notably working with Chloé in 1964 and Fendi in 1965.
By the 1980s, Lagerfeld was already a major star in the fashion industry, going from one label to another, followed by success. Such as reviving the then declining Chanel brand with his ready-to-wear line when he became the art director in 1983. In 1984, Lagerfeld launched his line inspired by his idea of intellectual sexiness, which he sold to Tommy Hilfiger in 2005 while remaining involved in the design. Throughout his career, Lagerfeld followed his modemethode, fashion method, of devising every detail of a project himself. Involved from the initial sketch to the finished garment, Lagerfeld oversaw all aspects of the final look such as accessories, shoes, and make-up. Furthermore, his involvement extended to include photography, press, and display of his designs.
Though mainly known as a fashion designer, Lagerfeld was also a skilled draftsman and illustrator. He never went anywhere without a pencil and paper, constantly drawing fashion designs, caricatures, and technical drawings. Sketches were his main medium of communication, an action almost done compulsively. His fashion drawings usually included handwritten notes along the margins, often attaching swatches of fabric designs. However, Lagerfeld usually tore up his completed sketches and threw them away. In 2007, the designer famously declared to The New Yorker that he threw away everything and kept no archives of his designs. A self-proclaimed “big fan of trash cans,” Lagerfeld routinely discarded anything superfluous.
Today, Lagerfeld’s visionary talent in fashion, illustration, photography, styling, and publishing is regarded worldwide. In 2010, Lagerfeld received the Couture Council Fashion Visionary Award from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Furthermore, in 2011 the Gordon Parks Foundation recognized his work as a fashion designer, photographer, and filmmaker. Karl Lagerfeld died February 19, 2019, in Paris, France.
Karl Lagerfeld Sketches
Karl Lagerfeld sketches his life
Tonight I had the chance to watch a rare documentary on Karl Lagerfeld, the legendary fashion designer. The film is called 'Karl Lagerfeld sketches his life', was shot in 2012 and the screening was organised by CineDoc at the Institut Francais Grece.
The film portrays the life of the famous German designer, though images and narration. It's a storytelling through words and sketches.
The director of the film is Loic Prigent, who has also directed among others, the 2007 'Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton' documentary.
In this film, he manages to capture Lagerfeld's aesthetic (by using great photography), to pose 'irritating' questions that the designer does not seem to wish to answer and to also show an honest side of Karl's, especially when he admits that he has nothing to fill his life but his work.
Make no mistakes though: Lagerfeld manages to manipulate the camera as he wishes and reveal exactly as much as he wants. Let us not forget that apart from an artist, he is also a businessman.
A really interesting documentary that managed to turn a single shot of the designer sketching, into a vivid naration of an exciting life!
Special thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Violetta Kyriakou from Demoded Fashion Business Blog (www.demoded.weebly.com), for inviting me to join her at the screening!
13/2/2014 12:10:30 am
It was quite interesting, Antonia! Thank you for joining me!
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