Soon after the news on Feb. 19 that Karl Lagerfeld passed away at the age of 85, Chanel revealed that his right-hand woman, Virginie Viard, would be stepping into his shoes as the fashion house’s new artistic director.
While Viard has been at Chanel for more than 30 years, the designer has largely kept out of the spotlight, unlike Lagerfeld and his animated personality. Nevertheless, Lagerfeld and Viard had a close working relationship, one that once led him to state: “She is my right arm and my left arm.”
Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard at the Chanel spring 2019 collection.
With Viard’s appointment, chief executive officer Alain Wertheimer has pledged to continue Lagerfeld’s legacy at Chanel, which will be presenting its first collection without the late designer on Tuesday.
From her signature punk look to her lengthy design experience, here is everything you need to know about Viard.
How did she get started in fashion design?
Born in 1962, the designer hails from Lyon, France, where her grandparents worked as silk manufacturers. Viard studied theater design at the Cours George and then became the assistant to costume designer Dominique Borg.
How did she start at Chanel?
In 1987, Viard began interning at Chanel after being recommended to