Design House Karl Lagerfeld French
Designer Karl Lagerfeld French, born Germany

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Karl Lagerfeld launched his namesake label in 1984 after working for Balmain, Patou, Chloé, and just following his premier collection for Chanel. In this design, he transforms one of his signature accessories, the fan, into a small purse. The fan became a trademark for the Lagerfeld brand in the 1980s, printed on textiles and molded into jewelry and the KL perfume bottle. The Surrealist conceit of displacement has been a consistent feature of his work since.

Purse, Karl Lagerfeld (French, founded 1984), synthetic, cotton, metal, French

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