(Chanel Spring/Summer RTW 2011 Show at the Grand Palais)
- In 1955, Lagerfeld was awarded a position as an apprentice at Pierre Balmain after winning second place, behind Yves Saint-Laurent
- In 1958 he moved to Jean Patou where he gained couture experience
- In 1963, he began designing for Tiziani, a Roman couture house founded that year by Evan Richards
- In 1964, Lagerfeld began to freelance for French fashion house Chloé.
- He then joined Fendi, but still worked with Chloé. His 1972 Deco collection for Chloé attracted worldwide acclaim.
- In 1983, he became the head designer for Chanel.
- In 1984, he created his own line Karl Lagerfeld.
(Toni Garrn in Fendi Spring/Summer 2009 Ready-to-Wear)
I have a lot of respect for Karl Lagerfeld. The fact that he is the head designer for three major fashion houses says a lot about him. He is constantly producing multiple collections for each season and the thing I find so fascinating is that he work never mixes. What I mean by that is he is able to keep a distinctive style for each collection he produces, you will never mistake a Chanel collection for a Fendi collection. He is so creative and does so much, he is a great artist and this is evident in his work as a designer and a photographer.
(Anna Selezneva in Karl Lagerfeld Spring/Summer 2009Ready-to-Wear)