Doja Cat’s first-ever Met Gala look is simply purr-fect.
The “Woman” rapper is among tonight’s A-list attendees at the 2023 Met Gala, where guests are honoring late legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld with the dress code’s theme. Doja nailed the theme by embodying Lagerfeld’s beloved white Burmese cat, Choupette.
Her hooded gown, by Oscar de la Renta, included cat ears on the hood, plus silver sequins, a backless feature, and a mermaid silhouette that extended into a white feathered train. Over 5,000 hours of work went into creating the dazzling piece, which includes 350,000 silver and white bugle beads
To accessorize, she wore a diamond headpiece underneath the hood and a delicate diamond chain arm cuff. Doja’s glam was also equally cat-ified; the Grammy winner had appropriately worn dramatic black cat eyeliner and buffed up her nose to resemble a feline’s.
Though this is Doja’s first time at the Met Gala, she has long been known for her experimental red-carpet style.
This past January, for instance, she sat front row at Schiaparelli’s spring couture runway show, where she appeared completely coated in 30,000 red Swarovski crystals. The intense beauty look coordinated with her monochromatic red ensemble, which consisted of a crimson knee-length strapless dress with an entirely beaded skirt, plus a matching shawl.
Doja’s creative director, Brett Alan Nelson, previously talked to BAZAAR.com about her trailblazing style.
“When it comes to Fashion Week, sometimes people obviously want to be direct and just wear the designer for the show. They want to look good,” he says. “But we wanted to tell stories, and we wanted to do things a bit more editorially and theatrical—to, you know, break the Internet and make headlines.”
This year’s Gala’s theme, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” pays homage to the life and legacy of the late Chanel creative director.
The Costume Institute describes the spring 2023 exhibition as an exploration of “the work of Karl Lagerfeld. Focusing on the designer’s stylistic vocabulary as expressed in aesthetic themes that appear time and again in his fashions from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019, the show will spotlight the German-born designer’s unique working methodology.”
The exhibition will additionally showcase about 150 of Lagerfeld’s designs, as well as some of his sketches, both of which “underscore his complex creative process and the collaborative relationships with his premières, or head seamstresses. Lagerfeld’s fluid lines united his designs for Balmain, Patou, Chloé, Fendi, Chanel, and his eponymous label, Karl Lagerfeld, creating a diverse and prolific body of work unparalleled in the history of fashion.”
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