Karl Lagerfeld, A Fashion Journal, Signed by Karl Lagerfeld
[Signed by Karl Lagerfeld] Piaggi, Anna. Lagerfeld’s Sketchbook, Karl Lagerfeld a Fashion Journal. First English Edition. 1986. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition. Book is inscribed, "A Kathleen Hearst, amicalement, Karl Lagerfeld." Laid in is a handwritten note on Lagerfeld's stationery, "Here is the English version of my Anna Piaggi book. In the USA, it comes out later with another cover. Very sincerely yours, Karl Lagerfeld."
Fashion rarely pauses long enough to capture anything other than fleeting glimpses into any one individual’s personal style. There are shockingly few monographs on this intriguing subject. The great Richard Martin book Flair, Fashion Collected by Tina Chow is one exception. This book is another, and it goes into even greater depth, both visually and in regard to the narrative. The subject here is the highly imaginative Anna Piaggi, a longtime editor of Italian Vogue. She and her unique style are depicted in a variety of permutations by her great friend and frequent collaborator Karl Lagerfeld.
“Jacques Clemente made me up as ‘a wife of a Venetian fisherman in the lagoon, at dawn’. . . At the last moment, I added accessories from my refrigerator: . . . some beautiful prawns and some spider-crabs on a bed of seaweed.”