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Karl Lagerfeld in 1954

At 21-years-old, Karl Lagerfeld won first prize in the coat category at the Fashion Design Competition in Paris back in 1954 – a success which kick-started his career within the industry. [Photo: Getty]

Karl Lagerfeld's legacy: The Chanel designer's career in pictures

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer

The frantic buzz of fashion month has quietened, as the industry mourns the loss of Karl Lagerfeld.

Dubbed one of the world’s most prolific designers, the 85-year-old revolutionised the face of fashion over the course of his seven decade-long career. After stints at Jean Patou and Chloé, Lagerfeld finally found his footing at Chanel – undoubtedly his most famous move.

Having presided over the French fashion house for more than 30 years (with as many as eight collections a year), he saved the company from financial ruin courtesy of his now-famous rebrand of the interlocking CC logo.

Further demonstrating his sartorial know-how and starry connections, the designer is also widely hailed for his five-decade reign at Fendi where he joined as head of womenswear and furs back in 1965.

From his very first freelance job to the designer’s most famous star-studded runways, we take a look back at Karl Lagerfeld’s illustrious career in pictures.