Karl Lagerfeld dead at age 85: Legendary Chanel designer passes away in Paris

Iconic German designer for luxury fashion houses Chanel and Fendi missed Chanel's haute couture show in Paris last month

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Karl Lagerfeld was the artistic director at fashion house Chanel for 36 years.

German fashion icon Karl Largerfeld has died. Lagerfeld, 85 joined Chanel in 1983, and spent a record-breaking 36 years at one of the world’s top fashion design houses. He was also the creative director of Fendi since 1965.

Last month, Lagerfeld missed Chanel’s haute couture show in Paris, which set off rumours that he might have been in ill health.

Karl Lagerfeld: Iconic designer of handbags and high fashion made his own rules

Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1933. He first rose to fame in the fashion world in 1954, with the design of a yellow wool coat with a buckled collar, according to wallpaper.com. His design was picked up by Pierre Balmain, and a year later he was offered a position at maison Balmain.

In 1984, Lagerfeld launched his own line of fashion, collaborating with brands like Hogan, Louis Vuitton, H&M and Vans.

Fashion was not his only passion, however. He also enjoyed photography and collected art and furniture.