CARTOON WORLD: “It’s an improvised biography — seen through my eyes,” illustrator Tiffany Cooper said of her new comic book, “Karl’s Secrets,” out today in France from publisher Marabulles.
Based on episodes of Karl Lagerfeld’s life — from bracing exchanges with his eccentric mother to intimate moments at home with his pet cat Choupette — the hardcover, 144-page tome also spotlights lesser-known facts about the designer: that he draws with makeup, prefers to sketch in his pajamas and never cries.
Encouraged by her publisher to be provocative, Cooper addressed Lagerfeld’s struggles with weight in the Eighties — he had no objections to the chapter. Entitled “Mega Fat,” it depicts him stuffing his face in the bathtub and in front of the television.
“If he can agree to that kind of thing, it shows how open-minded he is and the sense of humor he has,” Cooper enthused. “There are not many designers like that. He’s very comfortable with his image.”
Cooper, who has also done a capsule collection for the Karl Lagerfeld brand featuring her drawings, said she hopes to publish the book in other languages. It retails for 17.95 euros, or about $20 at current exchange rates.