In memoriam: Karl Lagerfeld

Esther de Jong in Chanel haute couture by Karl Lagerfeld, Fall 1997. Photo: Karl Lagerfeld. Editor: Amanda Harlech?
Esther de Jong in Chanel haute couture by Karl Lagerfeld, Fall 1997. Photo: Karl Lagerfeld. Image: jalougallery.

Farewell to Karl Lagerfeld. Prolific, influential, and above all, iconic, the designer — who had a lifetime contract with Chanel — was working to the last.

Read the couturier’s Vogue obituary. (Tim Blanks; German Vogue.)

Angeleen

Angeleen on the cover of Vogue UK, February 1974
Angeleen Gagliano on the cover of British Vogue, February 1974. Photo: Norman Parkinson. Image: Alice Mary Barnes.

Southern beauty queen and model Angeleen Gagliano (1950-2009) is a familiar face to vintage pattern aficionados. Born Angelina Marie Gagliano, she was also a keen equestrian—she is the model in Chris von Wangenheim’s circa 1975 series Untitled (Woman with horse). (It’s her horse. See prints at Christie’s and Staley-Wise Gallery.) Her son, Jason Storch, has posted a short bio here.

Angeleen Gagliano in Vogue 1315 by Bill Blass, Vogue Patterns retail catalogue, February 1976. Image: eBay.

Angeleen did a lot of work for Simplicity, McCall’s, and especially Vogue Patterns in the mid-1970s. Here she is on the cover of a Very Easy Vogue catalogue:

Vogue catalogue March 1976
Very Easy Vogue Patterns catalogue, March 1976. Image: eBay.

Angeleen can be seen on some of the earliest Vogue patterns from Sonia Rykiel, Chloé, and Calvin Klein:

1970s Sonia Rykiel pattern, Vogue 1379
Vogue 1379 by Sonia Rykiel (1976) Image: Vintage Patterns Wiki.
Vogue 1424 by Chloé
Vogue 1424 by Chloé (1976)
1970s Calvin Klein pattern, Vogue 1369
Vogue 1369 by Calvin Klein (1976) Image: Etsy.

Here she models Halston’s spiral-cut dress for McCall’s (see Dustin’s recent post on this pattern here):

1970s Halston pattern featuring Angeleen, McCall's 5103
McCall’s 5103 by Halston (1976) Image: Make Mine Vogue.

My personal favourite patterns featuring Angeleen are the ones for ’70s evening wear, like these designs from Balmain and Lanvin:

Vogue 1218 by Pierre Balmain
Vogue 1218 by Pierre Balmain (1975) Image: Vintage Patterns Wiki.
Vogue 1147 by Lanvin
Vogue 1147 by Lanvin (1975) Image: Vintage Patterns Wiki.

See youthquaker’s blog and facebook for more photos of Angeleen from British Vogue. Thanks to Jason Storch for his assistance.