The 2023 Met Gala co-chairs and dress code are confirmed.
Date to remember: May 1st, 2023. The most awaited event of the year is still more than three months away, but anticipation has already surpassed expectations as the fashion elite and current celebrities dress their most stunning and dramatic costumes to walk the red carpet. We are, of course, referring to the Met Gala, which, as was announced in September of last year, will honor Karl Lagerfeld. As is customary, the event will bring together a large number of celebrities and figures from the fashion industry, beginning with Anna Wintour, at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Four exceptional co-chairs from the worlds of film, music, and sports will join the director of Vogue US in the organization this time: the singer Dua Lipa, who from her Instagram has already expressed her excitement for the nomination; Penélope Cruz, a well-known actress and Chanel brand ambassador; Michaela Coel, a rising star known for the TV series I May Destroy You, Chewing Gum, and the movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever; and tennis player Roger Frerer
The exhibition, which will run from May 5 to July 16, 2023, in the Tisch Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will once again be showcased at the Met Gala. Through 150 looks, numerous original sketches, and a series of video interviews with the designer’s premiers, filmed by Loc Prigent, Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty will chart the designer’s development from winning the Woolmark Prize in 1954 to being hired as Pierre Balmain’s assistant. It will also detail his prolific career at Patou, Chloé, Fendi, and Chanel. The exhibition was organized by Amanda Harlech, a longstanding Lagerfeld associate, and Andrew Bolton of the Costume Institute, who highlights the excellent job done to capture the creativity of the German designer:
Everything was sketched by him. He would frequently claim that before he could talk or walk, he could sketch. Whether he sent them via fax or iPhone, it was in many ways his main method of contact. The exhibition will therefore focus on the transformation of Karl’s two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional clothing. And what’s amazing to learn is that I always believed his drawings to be highly impulsive and nearly impressionistic. However, they were actually incredibly accurate—almost mathematical. Due to our lack of training, we were unable to perceive it, but his premier knew exactly what each line represented down to the millimeter. It was almost if he and those premiers spoke a shared language that only they could fully understand.
Extra interesting information? The renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando was tasked with creating the exhibition’s interior.
During these times, the 2023 Met Gala’s dress code was also made public. It will be “In homage of Lagerfeld,” a broad term that gives attendees plenty of options. Given that the German designer has spent his whole career working for businesses other than his namesake, Chanel and Fendi, as well as Balmain, Patou, and Chloé, his career undoubtedly offers a wealth of insights and a wardrobe full of iconic pieces that are ideal for a red carpet. Vogue announced the evening’s diktat and offered several potential deviations from it. The first, and most obvious, is to choose one of his most vintage creations, in keeping with the love of vintage that so many celebrities have already demonstrated in recent years; the second, and more recent, option is to choose an outfit from the Chanel or Fendi runways; the third option is to copy Lagerfeld’s appearance, the iconic one consisting of a black-and-white suit and hair pulled back in a small ponytail; and the fourth option is unquestionably the most daring: dressing as Cho What do you think, guys?