Karl Lagerfeld has passed away, age 85

Chanel confirm the death of its artistic director.

February 19, 2019
Karl Lagerfeld has passed away, age 85 German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld attends the Dior Men's Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show on June 23, 2018 in Paris.   FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died, his Chanel label has confirmed The artistic director of the fashion house was 85.


He died on Tuesday morning at the American Hospital in Paris French fashion website Pure People reported. He was believed to have been admitted the day before.

Speculation about Lagerfeld's health intensified after he missed Chanel's haut couture show in Paris in January.

Lagerfeld joined Chanel in 1983 and spent 36 years working for the company. The designer began his career as an assistant at Balmain in 1955. He also he held design positions at the Italian house Fendi and the French house Chloé during his career as well as establishing an eponymous brand.

Donatella Versace was among the first to pay tribute to Lagerfeld. In an Instagram post on Tuesday morning she wrote: “Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I. We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you.”

Karl Lagerfeld has passed away, age 85