Karl Lagerfeld Dies: Looking Back at His Best Chanel Couture Wedding Dresses

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Karl Lagerfeld, the force behind luxury fashion house Chanel, passed away Tuesday, February 19, at age 85.

The renowned designer, who was the creative director of both the French fashion house and Italian fashion house Fendi, also had a hand in weddings. Each season, Lagerfeld released a show-stopping bridal gown to close out his Chanel Couture show.

His latest ensemble made quite the splash last month after Lagerfeld sent a sequined, high fashion bridal swimsuit down the runway of the Grand Palais in Paris for his final runway show. At the time, the fashion force was not present as he was battling pancreatic cancer. Chanel confirmed he passed away in Paris on Tuesday.

Other celebs to wear Chanel creations on their wedding days included Keira Knightley, Drew Barrymore and British socialite Poppy Delevingne. Lagerfeld was the creative director of both Chanel and Fendi.

In remembrance of the late designer, see some of Lagerfeld’s splendid bridal creations.

Keira Knightley

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 03: James Righton and Keira Knightley attend the SeriousFun London Gala 2013 at The Roundhouse on December 3, 2013 in London, England.The Serious Fun Children’s Network is a growing community of camps and programs serving children with serious illnesses and their families and was set up by Paul Newman in 1988. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Poppy Delevingne


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@poppydelevingne looking radiant on her wedding day…Congratulations darling! xx #gettingreadywithCT

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German model Claudia Schiffer presents a bridal gown 20 July 1993, at the end of the Chanel 1993/94 Fall/Winter haute couture collection by Karl Lagerfeld. The gown is a sleeveless white loden corset-dress with a large, off-white, mohair cape. AFP PHOTO PIERRE VERDY (Photo by PIERRE VERDY / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)


PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 11: Karl Lagerfeld tops a paneled, bare-shoulder satin sheath with a hat marrying metal spirals and fishnet for Chanel’s Fall-Winter 1995-1996 high-fashion collection shown in Paris 11 July. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)


Canadian model Linda Evangelista presents the wedding gown by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel 08 July 2003 during the autumn-winter 2003/04 haute couture collections in Paris. AFP PHOTO JEAN-PIERRE MULLER (Photo credit should read JEAN-PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images)


PARIS-JULY 3: Wedding model walk on the catwalk at the Chanel Fashion show, during Paris Fashion Week (Haute Couture) fall/winter 2008 at Parc de Saint Cloud on July 3, 2007 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)


Chanel Bridal Kendall Jenner

PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 07: Kendall Jenner walks the runway during the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2015/2016 at the Grand Palais on July 7, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)


Chanel Lily Rose Pink Dress

PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 24: Lily-Rose Depp walks the runway during the Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)


bridal swimsuit chanel

PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 22: Model Vittoria Ceretti walks the runway during the Chanel Spring Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 22, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Esther Lee
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