Karl Lagerfeld conquered the Paris fashion world when he was no more than seventeen years of age. Born in Hamburg in 1938, the stations along the designer’s way to the top read like the golden door plates of the most illustrious haute couture houses. In some respects, Pierre Balmain, Jean Patou, Chloé, Fendi and Chanel continue to benefit to this very day from the nearly inexhaustible creativity of this fashion czar. Lagerfeld became synonymous with change – and with success: His recourse to the camera, the advertising campaigns he designed, the opening of his gallery, the first collection for H&M as well as the rigorous projection of his own persona transformed the man with the white collar and black sunglasses into an icon. In 2008 he was even available for sale as a limited edition haute couture teddy bear from Steiff.
The collaboration with the Nymphenburg porcelain manufactory references Lagerfeld’s work as a costume designer for institutions such as, among others, the Vienna Burgtheater, La Scala in Milan as well as the Salzburg Festival. In 2004 the fashion designer created a black and white dress with lavish gold accents for the handmade Corine figurine. The dainty rococo lady, designed by Franz Anton Bustelli in 1759/60 as part of his Commedia dell' Arte group of figurines, is awarded annually as a trophy to winners of the International Book Award.
In the spring of 2010, Lagerfeld turned his attention to another classic from the manufacturer’s historical repertoire of figures: Clara, the well-known rhinoceros, was given an African mask as a makeover.
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