Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion Audiobook, by Alfons Kaiser Play Audiobook Sample

Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion Audiobook

Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion Audiobook, by Alfons Kaiser Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Stephen Thorne Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798200946921

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Longest Chapter Length:

47:44 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

06:13 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

19:08 minutes

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Publisher Description

The definitive biography of the last iconic fashion designer

“It starts with me and it ends with me.”

Karl Lagerfeld stylized himself into a living logo and a myth of the fashion world.

Journalist Alfons Kaiser, who knew Lagerfeld personally for many years, here introduces listeners to the public and private life of the charismatic fashion designer. Kaiser explores the many eras of Lagerfeld’s life: the youthful outsider in the north German flatlands; the urbane genius in Paris; the tireless draftsman; the enthusiastic photographer; the passionate book collector; and the disciplined Prussian workaholic.

What is behind this larger-than-life figure who, despite a massively public persona, kept his own life story a secret?

Drawing from many previously untapped sources, this biography investigates the man behind the persona: the precocious boy who preferred to draw in the attic than play with his peers; the son who quarreled with his parents but never got away from them; Yves Saint Laurent’s competitor, whom he outshone in the end; the brother, uncle, friend—and finally the partner of Jacques de Bascher, the great love of his life.

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“Impressive…[Kaiser] succeeds in exhibiting Karl Lagerfeld the businessman, the workhorse, and also the private individual in all his dazzling diversity.”

— Berliner Zeitung 


  • “The first thoroughly researched biography of one of the designers of the century.”

    — Vogue Germany
  • “An excellently written and researched insider biography.”

    — Gala magazine (Paris)
  • “Using many previously unknown sources, Kaiser traces the fashion designer’s path from adolescent outsider to the dominant star of Parisian fashion.”

    — Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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About Alfons Kaiser

Alfons Kaiser is an editor at the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and is responsible for the section "Germany and the World," as well as for the monthly Frankfurter Allgemeine magazine. He prefers to write about fashion.

About Stephen Thorne

Stephen Thorne trained at RADA and played several seasons with the Old Vic Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London. He has worked extensively in radio, with over two thousand broadcasts for the BBC, including Uncle Mort in the Radio 4 comedy series and the part of Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings. His television work includes EastEnders, Boys from the Bush, Death of an Expert Witness, and David Copperfield.