As anyone who has watched the seminal (SEMINAL) 2007 documentary, Lagerfeld Confidential, will know, Uncle Karl is nothing if not a bibliophile (lover of books) with his huge personal library of fashion and photography tomes, big enough to make the average Waterstones feel sparse. Anyhoo, as well as books, he is also a keen photographer and after many years of scratching his wig thoughtfully has come up with an idea that forms the perfect synthesis of these twin interests: A book of photography.
Stella Tennant photographed in 1997 in Biarritz
Yes that right readers, we don’t bandy the phrase ‘utter genius’ around lightly here at Grazia Daily, but there are some events that do demand a certain level of adjective to put them in context, and the publishing of Work in Progress (Steidl)—a survey of Karl’s photographic oeuvre, from his first dabbling with a camera in 1987 to his most recent, highly polished images – is just such an occasion. Oh yes. It has already sold out in the French version (called Parcours de Travail) and shows his process of experimentation with many techniques such as algraphy, serigraphy, resinotypes and sepia prints, as well as more than a couple of his snaps of his celebrity chums. Perfect!
Karen Elson, also in 1997