The Met Gala in New York brought together a diverse and influential group of celebrities from the realms of fashion, entertainment, and business to pay tribute to the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. The event, held on Monday, served as a precursor to the opening of the exhibition titled “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This annual gala not only serves as a fundraiser for the Costume Institute but also serves to shed light on important issues within the realms of fashion and culture. By gathering prominent figures, the event showcased the impact and legacy of Karl Lagerfeld while drawing attention to significant matters within the fashion industry and broader cultural landscape.
The gala has also become a kind of celebrity haute couture show, where of-the-moment changemakers model statement ensembles that illustrate the theme. This year’s international co-chairs included Vogue editor in chief and gala mastermind Anna Wintour, actor and writer Michaela Coel, actor Penélope Cruz, tennis player Roger Federer and singer-songwriter Dua Lipa.
Past themes have addressed the influence of China, Catholicism, machines, punk, superheroes, cubism and other designers such as Alexander McQueen, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior and Rei Kawakubo.
Lagerfeld’s career, which spanned six decades and helped define the look of Chanel, Fendi, Chloé, Balmain, Patou and his eponymous label, Karl Lagerfeld, provided guests plenty of source material to draw from. Here are some of our favorite looks from the 2023 edition.