Met Gala 2023: Everything we know about the theme, hosts and guests
Lagerfeld with his cat and muse, Choupette, at an exhibition dedicated to his feline companion in 2015. Credit: Franziska Krug/German Select/Getty Images
Lagerfeld’s career will also be explored in the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” opening to the public the following day.
A long legacy
Serving as creative director of the storied French fashion house Chanel from 1983 until his death in February 2019, as well as the luxury Italian house Fendi from 1965, the German fashion designer loomed tall within the fashion industry. He left his mark on Chloé, Patou and Balmain as well over the course of his long career, working with each fashion house in different capacities (in addition to his own eponymous label), and has influenced countless others.
His final Fendi collection was shown at Milan Fashion Week just days after his death, with models including Gigi and Bella Hadid and Kaia Gerber walking the runway. The following month, Cruz made her runway debut at his final Chanel presentation.
Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld at the Met Gala afterparty in 2008. Credit: David X Prutting/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images
Vintage throwbacks to Lagerfeld collections are likely to reign on Monday — as well as nods to his imitable suited-and-gloved personal style. Lagerfeld’s collections were not known for any one hallmark — besides luxury; he was revered for the transformative power he had at each house with which he worked. His oft-repeated yet unsavory quote on taking over the House of Chanel was: “Chanel is an institution, and you have to treat an institution like a wh**e — and then you get something out of her.”
In his orbit were some of fashion and entertainment’s biggest names, including Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Pharrell, Keira Knightley, Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne, some of whom will undoubtedly walk the red carpet this year. Younger models who have carried the Chanel torch, passed down from their mothers, include Gerber (daughter to Cindy Crawford) and Lily Rose-Depp (daughter to Vanessa Paradis).
A controversial figure
Lizzo’s standout “Gilded Glamour” look included a flute performance. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images
The gala’s themes are chosen based on the Costume Institute’s new exhibitions. While past themes have explored highly conceptual or region-specific motifs, from “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” in 2018 to “China: Through the Looking Glass” in 2015, individual designers have been honored, too. They’ve included Rei Kawakubo, who is still living, in 2017, and Alexander McQueen, the year after his death, in 2011.
Top image: Lagerfeld and Blake Lively at the Met Gala in 2011, which was dedicated to Alexander McQueen following his death.