Lagerfeld Confidential

Synopsis: An up-close-and-personal portrait of the fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Rodolphe Marconi
Production: Koch Lorber Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

Can I come in, Karl?

Can I?

What accessories should I take

for those "creatures"?

Obviously, I can't find them.

I'll take a few rings I might need.

Let's go.

See you tomorrow, Sir.

Good to see you like that.

Our filmmaker thinks

I look like a priest!

A defrocked one perhaps.

A priest for non-believers.

A clairvoyant

told my mum I'd be a priest.

Quite rightly, she didn't want that.

They suffered a rather extreme

Catholic education.

I wasn't allowed to go to church.

I had no religious education.

My mother said,

"It's up to you."


Who's that singing?

Arielle Dombasle.

I've been at it for 19 years now.


I began in January 1987.

What was the occasion?

A press kit.

Proper photographers didn't do that.

It was a job for old squares

or youngsters starting out.

Back then, a press kit was done

before the collection was finished.

They did a kit for the couture

and got it wrong three times.

Chanel's artistic director,

Eric Pfrunder, said,

"If you're going to be difficult,

do it yourself."

So I hired an assistant, rented

a camera, and we did it ourselves.

the catalogue and adverts.

I loved photography

but didn't think I could do it.

As it turned out...

I wasn't so bad.

What I like about photographs

is that they capture a moment

that's gone forever,

impossible to reproduce.

There's an almost melancholic,

ephemeral, fixed aspect to it.

It's what makes photography

so captivating.

But that's for a certain kind of photograph.

Otherwise it's a commercial image.

I like advertising.

I'm an advertising photographer

and delighted to be so.

I've always loved advertising.

If I wasn't in fashion,

that's what I'd be in.

I love the smell of building sites.

Marie-Louise de Clermont-Tonnerre

for Mr Karl Lagerfeld, please.

It's Sebastien.

I'll put Karl on.

Marie-Louise, it's me again.

We can't ensure her presence.

I can't plan 6 months ahead.

We might be dead by then.

I can't deal with everyone

on the same day.

It's a bit too early for Nicole.

People with turbulent lives

who spend their time on the phone

are sexual freelancers.

I'm being watched,

I have to be careful.

I don't want to be filmed

without my glasses.

I read without glasses

so I have to hide myself.

Aren't you tired of it all now?

Not at all.

Haven't you covered the issue?

There's no definitive answer.

It isn't an issue you can ever cover.

The question keeps changing.

That's why

I do the job.

There is no answer.

I like it to go well for all the people

who have worked so hard.

I don't spend 100 hours on a dress.

I get the idea and design it.

But making them takes lots of work,

know-how, physical effort and patience...

Something I don't have.

I have no patience.

I admire what they do,

what I have them do.

I couldn't do it myself.

I just have the ideas.

I love being in a crowd,

I love being alone.

But I need time to myself,

to recharge my batteries.

I can't be with people 24 hours a day.

I'm not cut out for conjugal life.

At some point I need to be alone,

which is fine.

I hate people who can't be alone.

We'll do two pinch marks

for the side, Christine...

That's it.

Was Karl pleased?

- Very.

That's good.

It's the skirts...

The one in the show must be done first.

The best things I've ever done

have come from dreams.

I don't know who did them.

Unfortunately, you can't rely on it.

Sometimes it's a whole show,

including the sets.

Remember the July collection,

the black coats and everything?

I dreamed it all,

including the sets.

I filled in the details

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