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Introduction: Karl Lagerfeld: An Intimate Portrait (03:00)


Karl Lagerfeld is immortal and the most famous German on the planet. The designer never removes his glasses because he does not wish to look pitiful.

Fashion Show (03:33)

Lagerfeld turned the Grand Palais in Paris into a large Supermarket, inventing five hundred products. His mother encouraged him to draw; his caricatures appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper.

Lagerfeld's Inspirations (05:57)

Lagerfeld tries to find answers in his collections, photos, and drawings. 90% of his art is thrown away. The designer draws himself at the as a boy and teenager.

World War II (02:35)

Lagerfeld sketches Bissenmoor, an estate in Bad Bramstedt where he spent his childhood. Ursula Scheube recalls how the designer constantly drew.

Opening an Exhibition (03:16)

Anselm Feuerbach and Lagerfeld both search for fleeting classic beauty. Muses include Baptiste Giabiconi, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, and Ines de la Fressange. The designer describes how he studied works by Edouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir at the Kunsthalle Hamburg.

Paris During the 1950s (03:50)

Lagerfeld explains how safe the city was during the time period, describes his relationship with his father, and sketches an image of his mother.

Lagerfeld's Career Beginnings (03:08)

Lagerfeld won a design competition and befriended Yves Saint Laurent. The designer began creating his own fabric material.

Chanel Catalog (03:23)

Lagerfeld inspects the new catalog before publication and makes changes. The designer loves being at home with his sketches, books, and cat, Choupette.

Lagerfeld's Partner (03:30)

Lagerfeld describes his father-son relationship with Jacques de Bascher. An exhibition at the Munich Haus de Kunst premieres a film made by de Bascher.

Reinventing Old Companies (03:12)

Geraldine Chaplin stars as Coco Chanel. Experts discuss the designer's impact on Chanel. Lagerfeld multitasks speaking to Fendi in Rome, choosing models for the next runway show, and speaking in French to a friend.

Diet Changes (03:38)

Lagerfeld describes how he lost over 80 pounds in thirteen months. Freedom is distance from responsibility. Lagerfeld designs a hotel in China and personally supervises Chanel shows in the Middle East.

Living in the Moment (04:15)

Sebastien Jondeau models a collection, works as a private secretary, and serves as bodyguard. The Folkwang museum in Essen hosts a retrospective of Lagerfeld's work. Gerhard Steidl discusses a day in the life of the fashion designer.

Credits: Karl Lagerfeld: An Intimate Portrait (00:20)

Credits: Karl Lagerfeld: An Intimate Portrait

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With his iconic ponytail and sunglasses, Karl Lagerfeld was one of the most recognizable men of our time. His self-stylization, in which secrecy played an important part, put him beside icons such as Andy Warhol and Jean Cocteau. His carefully crafted image was a marketing tool, but also self-expression. As he said, “There is a glass wall between myself and the rest of the world.” This intimate portrait of Karl Lagerfeld breaks through this glass wall to reveal the man behind the iconic façade. We learn what shaped him as a person, what inspired him, and how he created his fashion empire.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL183964

ISBN: 978-1-64623-367-0

Copyright date: ©2014

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