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The definitive biography of the last iconic fashion designer

“It starts with me and it ends with me.”

Karl Lagerfeld stylized himself into a living logo and a myth of the fashion world.

In Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion, journalist Alfons Kaiser, who knew Lagerfeld personally for many years, introduces listeners to the public and private life of the charismatic fashion designer. Kaiser explores the many eras of Lagerfeld’s life: the youthful outsider in the north German flatlands; the urbane genius in Paris; the tireless draftsman; the enthusiastic photographer; the passionate book collector; and the disciplined Prussian workaholic. What is behind this larger-than-life figure who, despite a massively public persona, kept his own life story a secret? Drawing from many previously untapped sources, this biography investigates the man behind the persona: the precocious boy who preferred to draw in the attic than play with his peers; the son who quarreled with his parents but never got away from them; Yves Saint Laurent’s competitor, whom he outshone in the end; the brother, uncle, friend - and finally the partner of Jacques de Bascher, the great love of his life.

©2022 Alfons Kaiser. Published in 2022 by Cernunnos, an imprint of ABRAMS, New York. All rights reserved (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Disjointed and dull

The author sounds as though he must have had a serious case of fatigue while writing this book. It’s meandering and dull which is astonishing given the subject. The narration too is awful. How difficult can it be to find a narrator who can actually pronounce French correctly! It was like nails on a chalkboard

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Slow listen...but it picks up!

Great insight into the legend that is Karl Largerfeld. a but slow in the beginning, as it was giving a lot of historical background.