Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty
The Met Gala is one of the most highly-anticipated fashion events of the year, and the 2023 theme pays homage to the late Karl Lagerfeld, a fashion icon who served as artistic director for Chanel and other high-profile brands. The event took place on May 1, 2023, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and featured a dress code in honor of Lagerfeld.
The event was hosted by Penélope Cruz, Michaela Coel, Roger Federer, Dua Lipa, and Anna Wintour, who are serving as the night’s official co-chairs. Fashion fans were able to tune in to Vogue’s livestream for red-carpet coverage, which will was hosted by La La Anthony, Derek Blasberg, and Chloe Fineman. Emma Chamberlain also returned as a special correspondent.
The exhibition, curated by Andrew Bolton and creative consultant Amanda Harlech, is titled "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty," and featured Lagerfeld's extensive work across several fashion houses. This was not a traditional retrospective, according to Bolton. Guests were able to choose outfits from Lagerfeld's vast archives at Chanel, Fendi, Chloé, Balmain, Patou, and his own eponymous brand.
At the event, celebrities and fashion enthusiasts were treated to Lagerfeld-inspired outfits on the red carpet, with many choosing to pay homage to his iconic design signatures, such as his Chanel tweeds and his black-and-white uniform. The event raised funds for The Met’s Costume Institute, and the star-studded guest list included top actors, singers, athletes, models, and artists. Lagerfeld's cat was also honoured. At least two celebs dressed as Choupette.
The 2023 Met Gala was a night of glamour and high fashion, as celebrities came together to celebrate the life and work of one of fashion's most legendary designers.
What is the Met Gala?
Since 1995, Anna Wintour has been in charge of planning and overseeing the Met Gala, which has grown to become a beloved yearly celebration of fashion. It is recognized as a fundraising event for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is usually scheduled to coincide with the opening of their yearly fashion exhibit. Each year, the event brings in tens of millions of dollars.
Who went to the 2023 Met Gala?
A$AP Rocky and Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, Jared Leto, Lil Nas X, Florence Pugh, Bad Bunny, Pedro Pascal and more.
What happens at the Met Gala?
In brief, the details of the Met Gala are kept confidential, and as a result, attendees are required to comply with the no phone policy, which means refraining from posting on social media. Nevertheless, in 2017, several famous individuals broke the regulations by smoking and taking selfies in the restroom. Typically, a well-known musician (such as Rihanna) performs at the event, and guests explore the exhibit before congregating for a meal.
What are some of the best looks of all time?
The event has produced numerous iconic ensembles that are still widely talked about. For example, Rihanna’s striking Guo Pei ensemble consisting of a cape and gown from 2015. Lady Gaga’s 16-minute entrance in transformative Brandon Maxwell in 2019 is also unforgettable. Additionally, Billie Eilish’s peach Oscar de la Renta tulle dress in 2021 was a standout moment.