It is hard to imagine a world where Karl Lagerfeld designed for any other brand than Chanel, but before his current job as creative director for the French fashion house, the pony-tailed designer had a slew of other high-profile gigs including posts at Fendi, Chloé, Jean Patou, Tiziani, and Balmain. As a young designer, Lagerfeld took a job at Roman couture house Tiziani in 1963 where he stayed for six years, and now we are getting a glimpse of the work he did there.
This week, hundreds of fashion sketches featuring early works by Lagerfeld will be up for grabs at Palm Beach Modern Auctions, along with drawings, photos, and letters from one of Tiziani’s favorite clients, Elizabeth Taylor. Tiziani’s founder, Evan Richards, kept Lagerfeld’s designs—several made exclusively for Taylor (above, left)—and sketchbooks together with other work produced for the fashion house, and the archive was maintained by subsequent owners. Although Lagerfeld’s drawings are definitely the highlights, the entire auction is well worth a look as it is rich with fashion history and 1960s flare. Interested in owning a Karl sketch for yourself? The auction goes live on January 11th at 12:00PM EST—visit modernauctions.com for more information and to find out how you can bid.
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