The life and legacy of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld

Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld died Feb. 19. Here’s a look at his influential career. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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-German designer Karl Lagerfeld
was a giant in the fashion industry. The iconic designer served
as the head of Italian design house Fendi
and his own namesake brand, but is best known
for reinventing high fashion at Chanel. Lagerfeld
began his career in the 1950s as an assistant to French
designer Pierre Balmain. The designer continued
to make a name for himself in the fashion world, working at Chloe and becoming
part of Fendi in the 1960s. Lagerfeld took the reins
at Chanel in 1983. Uncle Karl's trademark
white ponytail, starched collar,
and dark sunglasses became a mainstay at
fashion weeks around the world. He wasn't without controversy. The designer was a frequent
target of PETA for using fur in designs. Lagerfeld's work attracted
a devoted celebrity following. Many shared their own tributes
to him on social media.

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