Becoming Karl Lagerfeld: Now Streaming on Hulu

Adapted from the bestseller “Kaiser Karl” by Raphaëlle Bacqué, “Becoming Karl Lagerfeld” is set in the ‘70s, where the audience is plunged in the glamourous side of Paris, Monaco and Rome. It begins in 1972 when Karl Lagerfeld (played by Daniel Brühl) was 38 and not yet wearing his iconic hairstyle.


At that time, Lagerfeld was a ready-to-wear designer, unknown to the general public. It was also around the same time that he met and fell in love with the sultry Jacques de Bascher (playe by Théodore Pellerin), an ambitious and troubling young dandy.

The rivalry between Yves Saint Laurent (Arnaud Valois), a genius of haute couture backed by the redoubtable businessman Pierre Bergé (Alex Lutz) and Karl Lagerfeld began. This rivalry continued as long as both men were alive.

The six-part series follow the formidable blossoming of Karl Lagerfeld, a complex and iconic personality of Parisian couture, already driven by the ambition to become the Emperor of fashion. Between glamour and clashes of egos, grandiose parties and destructive passions, the audience discovers the story of Karl before Lagerfeld in this very intimate portrayal of the designer.

“Becoming Karl Lagerfeld” began streaming on Hulu on June 7, 2024.

Daniel Brühl (“Nothing New in the West”, “Captain America: Civil War”, “Rush”, “Inglourious Basterds”, “Good Bye, Lenin!”) as the couturier,
Théodore Pellerin (“Continental Draft (South)”, “Solo”, “Franklin”, “Beau is Afraid”) as Jacques de Bascher
Arnaud Valois (most talented new actor at Festival Lumière 2018; “120 BPM”, “Good Grief” “The Girl on the Train”, “My Best Part”, “Spring Blossom”) as Yves Saint Laurent.
Alex Lutz (César for Best Actor in 2019; Molière in 2016 and 2020; “Vortex”, “Guy”, “Romantique”, “Baron noir”, “Strangers by Night”) plays Pierre Bergé.
Agnès Jaoui (César for Best Supporting Actress in 1998, 2001 and 2016; Honorary César in 2024; “À l’Ombre des filles”, “En Thérapie”, “The Sweet Escape”, “The Taste of Others”) plays Gabrielle Aghion, the founder of the Chloé fashion house who made a major contribution to his fame.

Photos courtesy of Hulu