What We Know About 2023 Met Gala
The Met Gala is an annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. On May 1, guests of the Met Gala will pay tribute to the late designer, Karl Lagerfeld, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2019.
The theme for this year’s gala was announced by Vogue last week, ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A line of Beauty.’
Lagerfeld was the creative director of Chanel, along with Fendi and his own successful fashion label. He collaborated with other renowned brands including Chloé, Balmain, and Valentino.
Most known for reviving the house of Chanel in 1983, the designer made a lasting impact on the brand’s legacy by modernizing archival Chanel looks, remaining true to house code through his ready-to-wear and couture collections. Lagerfeld can be credited for the double ‘C’ logo that is associated with Chanel today.
Lagerfeld remodeled the fur industry through his work with Fendi and was the first designer to incorporate squirrel and rabbit pelt into clothing after he was hired in 1965.
Attendees may seek Lagerfeld’s vast array of archival looks as inspiration for the dress code, “in honor of Karl.”
As she has done faithfully since the mid-90s, Anna Wintour will host this year’s Met Gala. Alongside Wintour will be pop artist Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel, Penélope Cruz, and tennis player Roger Federer.
Names like Tom Ford, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Billie Elish, and Blake Lively have co-hosted the event in recent years.
After posing for the red carpet, attendees will enter the MET’S Tisch Gallery and get a first-hand viewing of the 150-piece exhibition honoring Lagerfeld’s work through the decades. The MET’S website states that the exhibition will “explore different stylistic representations of themes that the designer returned to again and again,’ concluding the display with a focus on the designer’s “ironic, playful, and whimsical predilections.”
Karl Lagerfeld: A line of Beauty will be available for viewing from May 5 to July 16.