The dedicated photography book is being published this month
Former Chanel and Fendi Creative Director Karl – who died aged 85 from pancreatic cancer in February – was known for spoiling his pretty pet (whose name means ‘sweetie’ in French). And now, the social media star is the subject of a dedicated photography book, set to be published at the end of this month.
The book – entitled simply Choupette – contains photographs shot entirely by Lagerfeld and revolves around the joy of being a pet owner. The previously unseen photographs show the spoiled puss napping, playing and taking in views from a private jet, no less.
Choupette was also described as Karl as ‘a chic lady…with her personal maid’. He added, ‘There’s a lot of things to do – wash her eyes five times a day, to brush her white hair… she’s a full time job’.
The cat even has her own fortune – the inheritance that Karl left her along with royalties from her modelling jobs. How did the two find each other? ‘A friend of mine gave [her] to one of my mates, saying ‘I’m leaving for two days, could you keep [her] for two weeks?’,’ Lagerfeld had said. ‘When he came back, I said, ‘I’m sorry, Choupette is mine. I don’t give Choupette back.’ And she became a world famous star.’
The iconic designer also talked about how the cat – which he acquired in 2012 – changed his life. He mused, ‘I think I became a better person. She gives energy, it’s very strange. When I have her next to me I feel like a telephone that is recharged’.
Choupette by Karl Lagerfeld is published by Steidl (see www.steidl.de for more)