• Lagerfeld, Karl. (b. 1933): Fashion Design for Inès de La Fressange

Lagerfeld, Karl. (b. 1933): Fashion Design for Inès de La Fressange

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Signed fashion design by the German fashion designer, artist, and photographer known as the creative director of Chanel and for his own eponymous fashion label, created for the French model and aristocrat Inès de La Fressange. The drawing, in black and gold marker with colored pencil, shows a broad-shouldered navy overcoat with gold buttons. Lagerfeld has signed at the lower right. On notepaper with the Chanel logo. Together with a typed note on letterhead of Harper's Bazaar editor Pia Kazan, noting: "For Ines de la Fressange, Evening overcoat in navy faille." Pinholes at the corners; overall fine. 8.25 x 11.75 inches (21 x 29.6 cm); typed note 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.5 cm).

From the collection of fashion historian and journalist June Weir-Baron (1928–2015), the first woman Vice President at Fairchild Publications, a major force in her capacity as Fashion Editor and Assistant publisher of Women's Wear Daily and W. She made news as key editor at Vogue, as Executive Fashion Editor at Harper's Bazaar, deputy Style Editor for The New York Times Sunday Magazine and Contributing Editor at Mirabella. 

Inès de La Fressange, born 11 August 1957, is a French model, aristocrat, style icon, fashion designer and perfumer. In 1983 she became the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with the haute couture fashion house, Chanel, by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, whose muse she became due to her remarkable resemblance to the brand's founder, Coco Chanel. She was the first model to sign an exclusivity contract with a fashion house and the first model to become a major media personality, becoming a symbol of the 1980s. In 1989, Lagerfeld and La Fressange had an argument and parted company. Likely this argument was, at least in part, regarding her decision to lend her likeness to a bust of Marianne, the ubiquitous symbol of the French Republic. Lagerfeld reputedly condemned her decision, saying that Marianne was the embodiment of "everything that is boring, bourgeois, and provincial" and that he would not dress up historic monuments.