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Karl Lagerfeld: A Portrait Of Dorian Gray [Hardcover]

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In his youth, Dorian Gray had his portrait painted and, because the painting wonderfully preserved a carefree moment, Gray begged for a trade-off: the painting would age and he himself would remain young and handsome forever. That's exactly what happened until one day, in a rage, he stabbed the canvas and died. What remained was a flawless portrait of youth. Karl Lagerfeld has staged the core of Oscar Wilde's famous novel in his own way. He shows a luxurious Bohemian world as in the freeze-frames of a film. Young people celebrate, paying homage to beautiful bodies and devoting themselves to the moment. Right up until the metamorphosis begins. Then the young man changes into an old man and the pretty woman into her own death mask. This book tells the story as a film, reflecting a world of fashion and glamour, and suggesting the aesthetics of Caravaggio or the pre-Raphaelites. With this publication, Karl Lagerfeld, one of the great protagonists of the fashion scene, makes his contribution--not entirely irony-free--to the subject of the transitory nature of beauty.

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Pages   88
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 14.3" Width: 10" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   2.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 2, 2004
Publisher   Steidl
ISBN  3865210155  
ISBN13  9783865210159  

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More About Karl Lagerfeld

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Karl Lagerfeld was born in 1938 in Hamburg. A fashion and perfume designer, he has also been making photographs since 1987. He is the author of many photography books, including ""Waterdance/Bodywave"," ""Abtstrakt"," ""7 Fantasmes of a Woman"" and others.

Karl Lagerfeld currently resides in the state of New York. Karl Lagerfeld was born in 1926.

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An insult  Jan 8, 2005
A friend showed me this book while visiting the local book mega store. It bears little resemblance to Oscar Wilde's actual classic novel, even symbolically, except on that symbolic level preferred by dilletantes today known as "superficiality." I have seen the work of many so-called "starving artists," men and women of low incomes yet rich in talent. It is almost heartbreaking, watching them try to break into the almost impenetrable world of fine-arts photography publishing. Karl Lagerfeld, on the other hand can buy his way into the art photography world. But he can not buy talent. There was once a time when women were portrayed as sexy and alluring, WITH curves, such as the legendary Alberto Vargas painted them. That's the problem with the fashion world today: Women are shorn of their femininity in order to please a warped minority, who'd rather they look like 13 year old boys.
A Skillful Diversion  Dec 12, 2004
Karl Lagerfeld finds other venues for his creative mind in this photomontage inspired by the Oscar Wilde story 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', and while there is nothing profound or earth shattering about this photographic foray, the book does hold its own as an art piece.

Lagerfeld has selected some beautiful models, arranged them in progressively extroverted and erotic moods, while always pulling focus to the young beautiful central man who is his Dorian Gray. As in the story, Dorian doesn't age: Dorian's portrait ages. But the whiling (perhaps wasting?) away of the golden years of youth are captured with great finesse by Lagerfeld. About two thirds of the way through this pictorial monograph Dorian and a female model begin to age in front of our eyes until the death of youth is explored in the wasting and wrinkling that is the burden of old age.

While there have been plays and movies drawn form Wilde's infamous adoration of everlasting youth, this use of the fashion camera has a real sting in that it comes from the mind of a man (and models) whose life depends on youthful appearances. That extra warning makes this book even more significant. Grady Harp, December 2004
Not only Mr. Gray.......  Nov 12, 2004
But also Mrs. Gray is in this book. She is played by topmodel Eva Herzigova. Beautiful pictures are in this book. There's a set of pictures where Mrs. Gray gets older and older. Or perhaps i should say, thinner and thinner. Or more anorexic that you could imagine. Pretty scary are these pictures of a topmodel that perhaps has suffered from this disease in real life...
But, it's still a beautiful book by the great Karl Lagerfeld.
A musthave!

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