Karl Lagerfeld (b. 1933) is a German fashion designer and head of fashion houses Chanel and Fendi, as well as the founder of his own label. He was born in Hamburg, Germany and moved to Paris at the age of 14. After winning The Woolmark Prize in 1954, he worked as an assistant of French designer Pierre Balmain. He later embarked on a career as a freelance fashion designer in France, Italy, Britain, and Germany. Since 1983, he has served as the creative director and head designer of Chanel where he rejuvenated its image. In 1987, he received France’s Golden Thimble award for his Chanel haute couture collection. He currently lives and works in Paris.