Karl Lagerfeld’s famously fabulous feline Choupette is now the subject of a coffee table book

Choupette is perhaps not the Lagerfeld you think of when you ponder one of the most famous surnames in fashion.

But this is one seriously adored member of the Lagerfeld family: she has her own bodyguard, two maids, receives weekly manicures and infamously only eats from Goyard and Louis Vuitton crockery. 

And now Karl Lagerfeld‘s cat, Choupette, who boasts her own Instagram account with a following just short of 300,000, is making paw-shaped steps to staking her claim as fashion’s most fabulous feline. 

A new book, Choupette by Karl Lagerfeld, is being published at the end of November and it is a compilation of iPhone photos which Lagerfeld took daily of his beloved Birman cat and muse.

German-born Lagerfeld died at the age of 85 in February 2019 of pancreatic cancer, following several notable absences from Chanel shows. 

Choupette by Karl Lagerfeld (Choupette by Karl Lagerfeld)

Prior to his death, Lagerfeld had begun work to sequence images in the book, which feature Choupette admiring herself in the mirror, curled up in the bathroom sink and perched at various pit stops around her home in Paris.

Lagerfeld agreed to look after Choupette for a friend during Christmas 2011, but grew so attached to her that he refused to give her back.

Speaking to CNBC in 2017, the fashion designer said: “Choupette is such a strange thing because I never thought that I could fall in love with an animal like this.”

Choupette by Karl Lagerfeld (Choupette by Karl Lagerfeld)

Something that’s not as well-known about Lagerfeld is that he possessed a real passion for photography during his lifetime: he was the recipient of the Lucky Strike Design Award from the Raymond Loewy Foundation, the cultural prize from the German Photographic Society, and the ICP Trustees Award from the International Centre of Photography. 

Choupette by Karl Lagerfeld costs £20 and will be available to buy from the end of November.


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