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Karl Lagerfeld Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Karl Lagerfeld Quick Info
Height 5 ft 10¾ in
Weight 71 kg
Date of Birth September 10, 1933
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Date of Death February 19, 2019

Karl Lagerfeld was a German fashion designer, creative director, photographer, artist, and caricaturist who was best known for being the creative director of Chanel, from 1983 until his death. He was also the owner of his eponymous fashion label and the creative director of the fashion house Fendi. As a caricaturist, his political cartoons were published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in the past.

Born Name

Karl Otto Lagerfeld

Nick Name


Karl Lagerfeld at the Fendi show during Milan Fashion Week in February 2017
Karl Lagerfeld at the Fendi show during Milan Fashion Week in February 2017


Karl Lagerfeld was born on September 10, 1933.


Karl passed away at the age of 85 on February 19, 2019, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Due to certain health issues, he was admitted to the American Hospital of Paris in January 2019 where he took his last breath and died from complications of pancreatic cancer.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Hamburg, Germany


Paris, France




Karl Lagerfeld went to a private school. He later got enrolled in a Lycée Montaigne in Paris for his secondary education and majored in History and Drawing.


Fashion Designer, Photographer


  • Father – Otto Lagerfeld (German businessman and founder of Lagerfeld & Co)
  • Mother – Elisabeth Bahlmann
  • Siblings – Martha Christiane (Older Sister)
  • Others – Karl Bahlmann (Maternal Grandfather) (Catholic Centre Party local politician), Thea (Older Half-Sister)




5 ft 10¾ in or 180 cm


71 kg or 156.5 lbs

Boyfriend / Girlfriend / Spouse

Karl Lagerfeld had dated –

  1. Jacques de Bascher (197?-1989) – Lagerfeld started dating socialite Jacques de Bascher in the early 70s. They were reported to be in a live-in relationship until Jacques’ death in 1989.
  2. Veronica Webb (1989) – According to reports, Karl had a short-lived affair with model and actress, Veronica Webb, in 1989.
Karl Lagerfeld at the Rose Ball in aid of the Princess Grace Foundation in March 2015 in Monaco
Karl Lagerfeld at the Rose Ball in aid of the Princess Grace Foundation in March 2015 in Monaco

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Always carried an oriental fan
  • Wore black sunglasses
  • Wore clothes with a starched high collar
Karl Lagerfeld at the British Fashion Awards in November 2015 in London
Karl Lagerfeld at the British Fashion Awards in November 2015 in London

Brand Endorsements

Karl Lagerfeld had appeared in a TV commercial for the luxury clothing brand, H&M.

Also, being one of the most high-profile designers, he had endorsed a number of fashion brands through his work.

Best Known For

  • Being one of the most popular and successful fashion designers
  • Having served as the creative director of luxury fashion brand, Chanel, and Italian fashion house, Fendi

First Film

In 1973, he made his first film appearance in the drama movie, L’Amour.

First TV Show

In 1969, he made his TV show debut with an appearance on the talk show, The Mike Douglas Show.

Personal Trainer

In 2001, Lagerfeld lost more than 40 kg so that he could wear clothes designed by Hedi Slimane. Those clothes were designed exclusively for very slim boys so Lagerfeld had to go through the extra mile to get the perfectly suited body for them. The most interesting thing about his weight loss was that he lost that amount of weight within 13 months and, that too, without any exercise. He used to believe that exercises make you hungry, hence, interfering with your diet routine.

His diet, called The Spoonlight Program, was designed by his physician, Jean-Claude Houdret. The diet focused on low fat, low carbs, and low calories. In fact, the daily dietary intake was limited from 1000 to 1200 calories. He even documented his diet plan in the book, The Karl Lagerfeld Diet.

In his typical eccentric way, he insisted on having minimal contact with food and throwing away any leftovers because that way you might not be tempted to eat more. Instead of suggesting healthy snacks to deal with hunger pangs, he suggested to face them stoically as not eating during hunger pangs would eventually help in weight loss.

Karl Lagerfeld Favorite Things

  • Greatest Fear – Losing his health
  • Overrated Virtue – Religious hypocrisy
  • Greatest Achievement – Work he had done on himself
  • Writers – E. Dickinson (English), Leopardi (Italian), Mallarmé (French), R.M. Rilke (German)
  • Fictional Hero – Orlando from Virginia Woolf
  • Names – Tancrede (for boys), Allegra (for girls)
  • Thing He Disliked The Most – Monday mornings
  • Models – Claudia Schiffer, Stella Tennant

SourceVanity Fair, IMDb

Karl Lagerfeld at the Palazzo FENDI And ZUMA Inauguration in Rome in March 2016
Karl Lagerfeld at the Palazzo FENDI And ZUMA Inauguration in Rome in March 2016

Karl Lagerfeld Facts

  1. Lagerfeld had a redpoint Birman cat named Choupette. In his June 2013 interview, he claimed that he would have married his cat if it were legal.
  2. At the Milan Fashion Week in 1993, he created a controversy by using stripper and adult movie actress, Moana Pozzi, for his fashion show. This compelled Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, to walk out of the show.
  3. In 1994, he became the center of another outrage as he used a line from the Qur’an for the spring 1994 couture collection for Chanel. He apologized and claimed that he had taken a verse from the book about the Taj Mahal believing it was a fragment of the love poem.
  4. In 2001, he was termed as ‘designer dinosaur’ by the spokesperson of the animal rights group, PETA, for his continuous use of furs in his collection.
  5. At a fashion event held at Lincoln Center in New York City, tofu pies were hurled at Lagerfeld by animal rights activists. Instead of hitting him, one of the pies hit Calvin Klein.
  6. In 2009, Tra Tutti launched mini-Lagerfelds in the forms of mice and finger puppets called Karl Lagermouse and Karl Lagerfelt.
  7. In 2015, Lagerfeld inaugurated his first eponymous fashion store at the famous Lagoona Mall in Doha.
  8. In February 2012, he became the subject of national ire in the United Kingdom after he called singer Adele ‘a little too fat’. He had to issue a statement of apology to diffuse the situation.
  9. In July 2012, he was caught in another British controversy after he made some less than complimentary comments about Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa‘s face and quipped that she should only show her back.
  10. He started his fashion design career as an assistant to the legendary designer, Pierre Balmain. He was selected for this post after he had won a coat designing competition held in 1955.
  11. He was also a successful photographer and had photographed celebrities such as Mariah Carey and Dakota Fanning.
  12. He had done editorial work for some leading magazines as well.
  13. He used to often falsify information about his birth and family background. He usually stated that he was born in 1938 but the Catholic baptismal record stated that he was born in 1933.
  14. In October 2018, Karl teamed up with Carpenters Workshop Gallery for the launch of an art collection of functional sculptures called Architectures.
  15. He could speak 4 languages fluently – German, English, French, and Italian.
  16. During his appearance on the TV show, Larry King Live, he revealed that he had stopped celebrating his birthday after he turned 30.
  17. Karl was an avid book collector and had a personal library at his house with more than 300,000 books.

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