Fashion’s biggest night! The 2023 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala will honor an icon.
Organizers of the annual event — commonly called the Met Gala — announced its themeFriday, September 30. Officially titled, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” the festivity will highlight the legacy of the famed German fashion designer who died in 2019 at age 85.
“Every design starts with a sketch,” the official Met Museum account tweetedA video of Lagerfeld at work is also included.
Like every year, the gala’s theme coincides with an exhibition at the museum. “Coming May 2023 — explore the artistic methodology and stylistic vocabulary of Karl Lagerfeld’s designs in ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beaty’ at the Met’s #CostumeInstitute,” the historic institution shared.
The public can view the showcase from Thursday, May 5, and the Met Gala invitation-only Met Gala will celebrate it on Monday, Mai 1. The exhibition will close on Sunday, July 16.
Every design begins with sketches.✨
— The Metropolitan Museum of Art (@metmuseum) September 30, 2022
Additional details about the special presentation were shared by event coordinators via the Met Museum website.
“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,” a statement on the website read. “Most of the approximately 150 pieces on display will be accompanied by Lagerfeld’s sketches, which underscore his complex creative process and the collaborative relationships with his premières, or head seamstresses.”
The gala was established in 1948 to fundraise for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. In 1999, Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Anna WintourThe chairwoman was replaced by a celebrity-oriented party. The Met Gala is also one of the four days out of the year that the New York City museum is closed to the public, along with Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Through the years, the Met Gala has become a career-defining event for Hollywood’s biggest names. Kim KardashianIn 2013, she was first to grace the iconic red steps together with her husband. Kanye West. Skims founder North Skims was pregnant at the time and was the subject of much discussion due to her floral dress with attached gloves-sleeves. Although many criticised the Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy look it is now considered one of the most memorable Met moments.
“I was Kanye’s plus one & so nervous! I didn’t know anyone & I’m sure no one wanted me there lol. I did my own lipstick & the color is so off. I went home & cried after [out] of insecurity, but this is one of my fave looks now,” Kardashian tweeted in 2019.
Flash forward to 2022 and the TV personality was there with her boyfriend. Pete Davidson, in Marilyn Monroe’s crystal-covered Bob Mackie design — which also sparked a heated debate. (The SelfishAuthor was accused of ripping the archival numbers but has denied damaging gown.
Other Met Gala standouts: Rihanna‘s sunny Guo Pei design at the 2015 event and Zendaya‘s Cinderella-inspired Tommy Hilfiger dress at the 2019 occasion.
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