How best to understand the designer whose 64-year career is the basis for the 2023 Met Gala and Costume Institute exhibition? Just look at the clothes.
Through talent, longevity and sheer productivity, it is possible that Karl Lagerfeld did more than any other designer to shape the look of the latter 20th century and the early 21st century. Across more than six decades, five different brands (three at the same time) and numerous collaborations, he flooded the zone from Paris to Dallas to Shanghai, dressing Hollywood, the haute and the high street.
But why tell when we can show? Here are some of the most notable looks from nearly every stage
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