Throwback Thursday: Inès De La Fressange, Karl Lagerfeld Muse

By Ingrid Longauerová
Ingrid Longauerová
Ingrid Longauerová
journalist/graphic designer
Ingrid Longauerová is a long time employee at the Epoch Media Group. She started working with The Epoch Times as a freelance journalist in 2007 before coming to New York and work in the Web Production department. She is currently a senior graphic designer for the Elite Magazine, a premier luxury lifestyle magazine for affluent Chinese in America produced by the EMG.
July 3, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Before the nineties supermodels there was Inès de la Fressange. Tim Blanks looks back on the career of the quintessentially French model who was a longtime muse to Karl Lagerfeld and served as the face of Chanel.

Here is a profile of onetime face of Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld Muse, Inès de la Fressange. The name might not mean much, but her face most definitely will resonate on some level, because she was Paris on a catwalk. 

Inès was a face of Chanel before the supermodels arrived on the scene. As a proto supermodel in every aspect, she was the first model to sign an exclusive contract with an haute couture fashion house. She had that charm and attitude that really said Coco Chanel. 

In 2011 De la Fressange wrote a book entitled ‘Parisian Chic’, which sold more than 1 milion copies. 

Because she was so symbolic for France, she was called to model for Marianne, the symbol of France. She even succeeded Catherine Deneuve. But as Lagerfeld thought the magazine was too bourgeois for the brand, he ended personal and professional relationship with her. He reputedly said: “I do not dress up historic monuments.” Luckily, in 2011 they walked together the Spring/Summer Chanel show. 

Ingrid Longauerová
journalist/graphic designer
Ingrid Longauerová is a long time employee at the Epoch Media Group. She started working with The Epoch Times as a freelance journalist in 2007 before coming to New York and work in the Web Production department. She is currently a senior graphic designer for the Elite Magazine, a premier luxury lifestyle magazine for affluent Chinese in America produced by the EMG.