Disney’s New Miniseries Charts The Rise Of A Fashion Legend

Culture
By Rufus Punt | 22nd March 2023
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Fashion lovers, listen in… Disney+ has just announced details of its latest original series and it’s centred all around the rise of late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Kaiser Karl, as the new drama is eye-catchingly named, will chart Lagerfeld’s life and often controversial career, and takes us to 1972 as he aspires to become the biggest name in French fashion. Yves Saint Laurent was at the centre of the fashion world, and Coco Chanel had died the previous year.

 

Starring Spanish-German actor Daniel Bruhl, the six parter will explore not only Laherfeld’s rivalries with Pierre Bergé and others, but his personal life including his relationship with Jacques de Bascher.

Starring Spanish-German actor Daniel Bruhl, the six parter will explore not only Laherfeld’s rivalries with Pierre Bergé and others, but his personal life including his relationship with Jacques de Bascher.

The drama has some serious talent behind it, with French production company Gaumont (who produces the excellent Lupin on Netflix) adapting the miniseries based on the biography of the same name by Raphaëlle Bacqué. Daniel Bruhl is no stranger to playing real life figures with a competitive streak, coming to prominence for his role as F1 driver Niki Lauda in Rush (2013), and he was recently seen in the Oscar-winning All Quiet on the Western Front.

Disney’s miniseries is set to be “more than a period piece, that digs into the life of an iconic fashion figure while still being a feast for the eyes: this is the story of Kaiser Karl, and his frantic quest for recognition.” Other stars joining Bruhl include Theodore Pellerin (It’s Only the End of the World) as de Bascher, Arnauld Valois (Spring Blossom) as Saint Laurent, and Alex Lutz (Vortex) as Bergé.

Kaiser Karl is currently filming across Europe, and so will likely not be arriving on Disney+ until the end of the year or sometime in 2024.

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