The Italian house has recently entered a new post-Lagerfeld creative era – but its roots go back further farther than Kaiser Karl. Here's everything you need to know about the Fendi fashion house…
The Fendi house is founded by Adele and Edoardo Fendi in Rome.
The first Fendi handbag boutique and fur workshop opens on via del Plebiscito and is an immediate hit with elite Roman society.
Edoardo Fendi dies leaving the business to Adele and their five daughters: Paola, Anna, Franca, Carla and Alda.
The 1980s is a hugely lucrative decade for Fendi, the third-generation of Fendi women (Silvia, Maria Teresa, Federica and Maria Ilaria) begin to work at the business and it gains global popularity. It also designs uniforms for the Rome police department and launches fragrances for men.
Fendi opens its first US store, on New York’s Fifth Avenue, to mark its 60th anniversary.
Silvia Venturini Fendi is promoted to head of accessories and menswear design.
One of Silvia Venturini Fendi’s greatest hits, the Fendi Baguette, debuts. A celebrity favourite and one of the early ‘It’ bags, it is still one of the brand's best sellers.
LVMH and Prada acquire 51% of Fendi in a joint deal. While Bernard Arnault and Patrizio Bertelli are officially in charge, management of the brand remains with the third-generation Fendi sisters.
Prada sells its stake in Fendi to LVMH for $265 million. LVMH also acquires an additional 15.9% from the Fendi family. Carla Fendi remains as chairwoman and minority owner.
Fendi makes history by staging the only fashion show viewable from space on the Great Wall of China. The show featured 88 models and 88 metres of catwalk in reference to the luck the number is thought to possess in Chinese culture.
Fendi makes major donations towards the restoration of the Trevi Fountain, a project which will take 17 months, and the clean-up of the Quattro Fontane.
Lagerfeld celebrates his 50th anniversary at Fendi by holding a controversial Haute Fourrure show dedicated to the house’s history with fur, which included a million-dollar fur coat. The same year the brand moves its headquarters to the Palazzo della Civilta Italiana and celebrates its 90th anniversary with a show held on a plexiglass runway above the Trevi Fountain.
Karl Lagerfeld and his legacy is commemorated during the Fendi Fall Haute Couture show with 54 looks, one for each of his years at Fendi, created. Fendi pledges €2.5 million to restore the Temple of Venus and Roma in Rome.
Kim Jones, also creative director of Dior Men, is appointed Artistic Director of Haute Couture, Ready-To-Wear and Fur Collections for women, finally replacing the late Karl Lagerfeld.