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An open fan with a female silhouette in front of the shadow of a woman and white text that reads Karl Lagerfeld A Line of Beauty

Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty

May 5–July 16, 2023
Previously on view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899
Free with Museum admission

Premières d’Atelier

These interviews were conducted by the French filmmaker Loïc Prigent at Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris bookstore and studio space, Librairie 7L. The women featured worked with Lagerfeld over a period of many years and in a variety of environments, some even moving between fashion houses at his invitation. As premières d’atelier, they oversaw the process of patternmaking and modeling toiles within their respective studios at Chloé, Fendi, Chanel, and for Lagerfeld’s eponymous house. These recollections provide insight into Lagerfeld’s creative practice, illuminating how his design team would translate his two-dimensional sketches into finished garments, the ways in which he worked across different houses, and the mutual respect that flourished within his ateliers.

Directed by Loïc Prigent (French, born 1973)
Produced by Deralf/Bangumi
Courtesy Deralf/Bangumi

Interview with Anita Briey, former première d’atelier at Karl Lagerfeld, and Nicole Lefort, former textile artist for Chloé, 2022

Interview with Stefania D’Alfonso première of the fur atelier at Fendi, 2022

Interview with Olivia Douchez première d’atelier flou at Chanel, and Jacqueline Mercier, former première d’atelier tailleur at Chanel, 2022

Interview with Anita Briey former première d’atelier at Karl Lagerfeld, 2022