Met Gala 2023: Theme, Hosts and Guests Guide

Met Gala 2023: Everything we know about the theme, hosts and guests

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Written by Jackie Palumbo, CNN

The Met Gala is fast approaching. Tonight’s event is a staple in the calendars of celebrities, the fashion elite and New York high society, and it’s an extravaganza. Officially known as the Costume Institute Benefit, it takes place on the first Monday in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with guests dressed in accordance with the gala’s theme (or ignoring it entirely).
This year, the couture code pays tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, the late fashion juggernaut with an undying influence but a controversial reputation. All eyes will be on the red carpet to see how guests interpret Lagerfeld’s intricate heritage – as well as his beloved tarty cat, Choupette, who will be sprawled across the front of the museum. steps.

Lagerfeld with his cat and muse Choupette at an exhibition dedicated to his feline companion in 2015. debt: Franziska Krug/German Select/Getty Images

Co-chairing this year’s event are actors Mikaela Goel and Penelope Cruz, tennis legend Roger Federer, singer Dua Lipa and, as always, Vogue’s editorial director Anna Wintour.

The Costume Institute’s spring exhibit, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” opens to the public the following day.

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A long legacy

Having served as creative director of French fashion house Chanel from 1983 until his death in February 2019, and of luxury Italian house Fendi since 1965, the German fashion designer towered over the fashion industry. She has left her mark on Chloé, Patou and Balmain, and over the course of her long career, has worked with each fashion house in different capacities (in addition to her own eponymous label), and has influenced countless others.

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His final Fendi collection was shown at Milan Fashion Week days after his death, with models including Gigi and Bella Hadid and Kaia Gerber walking the runway. The following month, Cruise made her runway debut in her final Chanel presentation.

Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld at the 2008 Met Gala After Party. debt: David X Pruiting/Patrick McMullen/Getty Images

Vintage throwbacks to Lagerfeld’s collections are likely to rule on Monday – as well as nods to his mismatched and gloved-up personal style. Lagerfeld’s collections aren’t known for any hallmarks — other than luxury; He was respected for his transformative power in every home he worked in. He often repeated but unpleasantly Quote for taking over the House of Chanel: “Chanel is a company, you have to treat a company like a wh**e – and then you get something out of her.”

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In her orbit were some of the biggest names in fashion and entertainment, including Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Pharrell, Keira Knightley, Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne, some of whom will no doubt be walking the red carpet this year. Among the young models who carried the Chanel torch were Gerber (daughter of Cindy Crawford) and Lily Rose-Depp (daughter of Vanessa Paradis).

A controversial figure

Lagerfeld’s influence and star-making power are undeniable, but over the years he’s made several scathing statements espousing thin ideals or leveled criticism at the #MeToo movement at a time when the fashion industry faced a reckoning. It remains to be seen whether all the Met Gala guests will emphasize Lagerfeld in a positive light or opt for more subversive statements. Last year, some celebrities, including Gabrielle Union and Riz Ahmed, wanted to honor marginalized communities during an era of runaway American wealth, as many appeared in opulent outfits befitting the Gilded Era for the theme of “Gilded Glamour.”

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Lizo’s distinctive “gilded glamour” look included a flute performance. debt: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Last October, actor and body positivity advocate Jameela Jameel was invited The theme of “a frustrating double standard” in the industry indicates that Lagerfeld’s comments on social media are recent. “It’s so weird that someone gets a completely free pass, and I don’t want to be a part of that.”

The themes of the gala are chosen based on the clothing company’s new exhibitions. While past themes, from “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” in 2018 to “China: Through the Looking Glass” in 2015, have explored more ideological or region-specific motifs, individual designers have also been honored. They added the still-living Rei Kawakubo in 2017 and Alexander McQueen in 2011, the year after his death.

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“A Line of Beauty” comes more than two decades after a controversial failed collaboration between Lagerfeld and the museum, which included the halting of the designer’s retrospective at Coco Chanel — officially due to the chief curator’s recent death, according to the New York Times. Report Also refers to creative conflicts with Lagerfeld.

Above: Lagerfeld and Blake Lively at the Met Gala in 2011, dedicated to Alexander McQueen following his death.

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