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Karl Lagerfeld Quotes


Karl Lagerfeld
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Karl Otto Lagerfeld
  • Born: 10th September 1933, Hamburg, Germany
  • Died: 19th February 2019, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • Alma mater: Lycée Montaigne, Paris
  • Occupation: Fashion designer, artist and photographer
  • Major labels: Chloe (1964–1978, 1992–1997) Fendi (since 1965) Chanel (since 1983) Karl Lagerfeld (since 1984)
  • Books: He has published more than 20 books and even started his own publishing house in 1999 called Editions 7L
  • Photography: Lagerfeld is an accomplished photographer who often orchestrates and executes his own fashion campaigns
  • Controversy: In 1993 he caused outrage when he employed Italian porn star Moana Pozzi and a host of strippers to model his Fendi black and white collection at his Milan Fashion Week runway show
  • Trivia: In 2001 he lost 42kg so he could fit into clothes designed by Hedi Slimane. It took him 13 months to achieve his target and it led to a subsequent book launch called The Karl Lagerfeld Diet
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"Its all about taste. If you are cheap, nothing helps"

Karl Lagerfeld

"If a woman doesn't have it naked, she'll never have it clothed"

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"I think everyone should go to bed like they have a date at the door"

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"If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even"

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"Without ‘muses’ the process would be very abstract and lifeless"

Karl Lagerfeld

"Anyone who wears jogging pants has lost control of their life"

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"To think appearances don’t count these days is a lie: it lets you live in harmony with yourself"

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"I am a living label. My name is Labelfeld not Lagerfeld"

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"When I was younger I wanted to be a caricaturist. In the end, I’ve become a caricature"

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"I love unsexy bedrooms"

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"Chic is a kind of mayonnaise, either it tastes, or it doesn't"

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"I am a sort of vampire, taking the blood of other people"

Karl Lagerfeld

"I’m a kind of fashion nymphomaniac who never gets an orgasm"

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"I’ve never complained. And that is exactly why all the other designers hate me"

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"I am very much down to Earth. Just not this earth"

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"Trendy is the last stage before tacky"

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"You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur"

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"Fashion without wit is disastrous"

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"I don’t know what normal means"

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"I am a machine"

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Karl Lagerfeld Biography

Karl Lagerfeld has been at the forefront of the cutting edge fashion industry spanning seven decades since winning first prize in a 1954 design competition that earned him his first job for Pierre Balmain.

Since that early success he went on to become one of the first fashion design freelancers in 1962 and in 1975 he became the first fashion designer to introduce a perfume without having his own label (Chloe).

Vogue magazine have been quoted as describing Lagerfeld as the "unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment" such was their high impression of his vision. He has often courted controversy with his comments and he enraged a spokesperson for PETA who responded by calling him "a fashion dinosaur who is as out of step as his furs are out of style".



His longevity in an industry notorious for change merely illustrated his creative streak was dynamically in tune with the pulse of each generation as his influence was evident in wardrobes and closets across the globe.

Talented people always make great one liners and when they are at the top of their profession people tend to hang off every word for its meaning. So here is my compilation of 20 of the best Karl Lagerfeld quotes

Quotes About Karl Lagerfeld

The designer Fernando Sanchez talked his ability to change within the fashion industry: “He totally grasped the epoch. He knew he wanted to do his own thing and not in some old couture house"

The founder of the brand Diesel Renzo Rosso: "I am honored to have met this fashion icon of our time. Karl represents creativity, tradition and challenge, and the fact that he thought of Diesel for this collaboration is a great gift and acknowledgement of our reputation as the prêt-à-porter of casual wear"

The Vogue editor Joan Juliet Buck: "Lagerfeld’s strength is that he as good at creating context as he is good at creating fashion"


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