Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, known for his work for Chanel and Fendi among others, passed away in his hometown of Paris on 19 February 2019. Karl Lagerfeld was one of the best-known and most influential fashion designers at the end of the twentieth century and in the beginning of the twenty-first century. He designed no less than fifteen collections a year for his own label and for fashion houses Fendi and Chanel, of which he was artistic director since 1965 and 1983. Lagerfeld transformed Fendi into a global brand and was responsible for inventing the reversed FF logo.
Limited time only: showcase Karl Lagerfeld
The Museum of Bags and Purses are proud to display a number of Karl Lagerfeld’s designs in our collection, from early pieces from his time at Chanel to contemporary bags.
Karl Lagerfeld in the Museum of Bags and Purses
In memory of the designer, the Museum of bags and Purses proudly shows some his designs in a special display. In 2015, the designer presented the museum with four designs from his spring / summer collection of that year, including a bag inspired by his beloved cat Choupette. The ‘Baguette’ bag by Fendi, which became hugely popular with the TV series Sex and the City, can also be seen in this special display.
Chanel 2.55 handbag
Karl Lagerfeld gained the greatest fame with his work for Chanel. Lagerfeld’s reinterpretation of the tweed suit, the little black dress and the quilted handbag revived the fashion house. For example, Lagerfeld replaced the so-called ‘Mademoiselle’ lock of the 2.55 with a new lock consisting of two interlocking Cs. And with each new collection the iconic bag underwent a transformation, varying in size and material.
The popular Chanel 2.55 handbag can also be admired in the Museum of Bags and Purses. This bag isn’t on display in the temporary siplay, but on the third floor of the museum in a separate display case.