Born in Hamburg, Germany, Karl Lagerfeld is one of the most successful and recognisable figures in fashion. After winning the coat category of an International Wool Secretariat prize at the age of 22, Lagerfeld joined the house of Pierre Balmain staying there for three years. Following a period at Jean Patou and as a freelance designer, Lagerfeld joined the Italian house of Fendi in 1972. Working alongside head of accessories Silvia Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld remains the house's creative director and is also credited with creating the company's logo.
1973 saw Lagerfeld join the French house of Chloé, where he is credited for contributing to the huge rise to prominence, influence and popularity of ready-to-wear as well as finding significant success with the creation of the house's first perfume. Lagerfeld left the house in 1997.
Alongside Fendi and his own eponymous line, Lagerfeld has designed for the house of Chanel since 1983, with his work at the house receiving consistently universal praise for its faithfulness to Mlle. Chanel's aesthetic ethos as well as its constant drive into modernity. Famous for his relentless work schedule, Lagerfeld also counts photographer and artist in his list of occupations for which he travels regularly around the world.