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In "7 Fantasmes of a Woman", Karl Lagerfeld brings to life his vision of a woman's sensual fantasies. The starting point for the series of photographs was a commission to produce an advertising campaign for Dom Perignon Vintage 1998. The rich history of the brand, deeply rooted in the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the sensual, caressing bouquet of the 1998 cuvee, were the main elements for the conception of the advertising campaign. Karl Lagerfeld transformed the story board of a woman's sensual fantasies and the 18th-century origin of Dom Perignon into a series of photographs filled with sensuality, mystery and sexual ambiguity. In order to create his vision, Karl Lagerfeld took inspiration from paintings and novels. Drawings by Moreau the Younger (late 18th century) and Stanley Kubrick's film "Barry Lyndon" were his visual references. The scene he refers to as "A Lesson in Love" shows a woman and a naked young man standing next to a fireplace wearing a pearl necklace - a reference to the famous scene in "Cheri, the Colette" novel in which a young man is in love with a former high-class courtesan and asks her to wear her pearls. The opera box photo is inspired by Laclos' "Dangerous Liaisons" and the mystery of what is behind the curtains. The scene of the woman in the bathtub illustrates the quote "The heart asks pleasure - first..." by the poet Emily Dickinson. Without hesitation, Karl Lagerfeld chose Helena Christensen to embody the heroine of his tableaux: "I couldn't imagine using any one else for the shoot. A story like this calls for a certain personality. Someone who is truly feminine and strong. Someone who can carry the erotic atmosphere in this story. I like the idea of an experienced woman, who knows...you can see on her face that she has seen a lot, lived a lot and also takes a great deal of pleasure in it all." Helena Christensen explains the atmosphere on the shoot: "There was a slightly erotic feeling in the air, but handled with extreme elegance. It's a bit like describing the feeling champagne gives you."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9783865211866
ISBN-10: 3865211860
Format: Hardback
(265mm x 200mm x 14mm)
Pages: 56
Imprint: Steidl Verlag
Publisher: Steidl Publishers
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: Germany

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Author Biography - Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld was born in 1938 in Hamburg. In addition to his career as fashion designer and perfume creator, he began working as a photographer in 1987. He has received the Lucky Strike Design Award from the Raymond Loewy Foundation and the cultural prize from the German Photographic Society. In 1998, he founded the Lagerfeld Gallery in Paris. Steidl has published most of Karl Lagerfeld's photography books, including Waterdance / Bodywave (2002), Aktstrakt (2003), A Portrait of Dorian Gray (2004) and others.

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