The New York fashion deities have spoken: the theme for next year’s Met Gala will focus on the work of late German designer Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away at the age of 85 back in 2019.
As usual, the invite-only event will take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the first Monday in May (this year, that would be May 1).
According to an official press release, the theme selection coincides with a new major exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute also focusing on the fashion guru. “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” will be on view from May 5 through July 16, 2023 and it will highlight “the designer’s stylistic vocabulary as it was expressed in through lines—aesthetic themes that appear time and again—in his fashions from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019.” Expect approximately 150 pieces to be on display alongside original Lagerfeld sketches.
The show will be curated by the Institute’s head curator Andrew Bolton.
Back to the benefit, which can cost up to $30,000 to attend: the New York Times reports that the recently announced theme was originally scheduled for 2022 but had to be pushed back because of the pandemic.
No word yet on who the event’s co-chairs will be, but we expect an announcement about that to be made public relatively soon.
As for what sorts of outfits attending celebrities will don in order to be on theme, we imagine the red carpet will be invaded by loads of Chanel, Balmain, Patou, Fendi and Chloé, all houses that Lagerfeld had worked with throughout his illustrious career.
Ex-Brit turned Manhattan resident since 2008.