Karl Lagerfeld is a German fashion designer, artist and photographer based in Paris.
"Fashion begins on paper; and it survives on paper": this is how Karl Lagerfeld (*1938), one of the most creative German minds of all time, describes his appreciation of fashion illustration. When developing his haute couture and pret-a-porter collections, Lagerfeld - who sees himself as an illustrator, rather than a designer - does not consider the material to be the starting point.
Rather, pen and paper from the source of his inspiration. His drawings act as both working sketches and direct instructions. In 1987, a very special gift marked the wedding of Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell and Mary Hogan, Marketing Director of Chanel from New York: The fashion house Chanel put its chief designer, Karl Lagerfeld, in charge of creating the wedding dress. The dress perfectly complemented the setting of the event, the Faber-Castell Castle in Stein: the fashion designer drew his inspiration from details of the castle, which he had previously come across in the architecture magazine "World of Interiors".
The newly launched Limited Edition KARLBOX unites the traditional values of the family-owned company Faber-Castell with the modern, unique and innovative spirit and style of Karl Lagerfeld. It is a symbol for the long term relationship of both brands and represents the symbiosis of the fashion, art and design worlds.
Count Anton Wolfgang during his wedding waltz on December 12th 1987 with Countess Mary,
dazzlingly beautiful in the dress created by Karl Lagerfeld.
Karl Lagerfeld design sketch for Countess Mary: felt pen and Polychromos Pastel.