Covet Foundation, 20 FEBRUARY, 2019
Yesterday, 19 February 2019, a legend of contemporary design, Karl Lagerfeld, left us. Born in 1933, he was a German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer and caricaturist based in Paris. Renowned as the creative director of the French fashion brand Chanel since 1983, he brought Métiers d’Art to the spotlight.
Lagerfeld began to promote Métiers d’Art as a concept in 2002 in order to celebrate the efforts of the ateliers acquired by Chanel. Desrues, Chanel’s longtime button supplier, was the first artisanal maison which became a collaborator, in 1985, however, nowadays, there are 26 maisons representing every imaginable fashion expertise, including gloves (Causse), millinery (Maison Michel), goldsmiths (Goossens), and cashmere (Barrie). His will to preserve the endangered arts and crafts and to support master artisans was remarkable.