This year’s Met Gala dress code is “in honor of Karl.” Here’s why…

The month of May is quickly approaching, which can only mean one thing: it’s Met Gala season.

Anna Wintour’s annual fundraiser gala will be held at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday, May 1.

The star-studded event has a theme each year, and in 2023, it’s “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” commemorating the work of iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, according to Vogue. Along with Wintour, Dua Lipa, Penélope Cruz, Michaela Coel, and Roger Federer will co-chair the event.

Vogue also said that the event’s dress code is “in honor of Karl,” implying that visitors should pay homage to the late designer with their attire.

It’s fairly unusual for the Met Gala to be named after a single designer or company, as Alexander McQueen, Schiaparelli & Prada, and Gianni Versace have all been.

Attendees at these Met Galas have often worn ensembles created by the designer featured, items from businesses they worked for, or outfits that speak to who they are as individuals.

Lagerfeld rose to prominence while working for high-fashion houses such as Fendi, Balmain, Chloé, and his own label, yet he also partnered with mass shops such as H&M and Macy’s.

He is most renowned, though, for his work as Chanel’s creative director, a position he held from 1983 until his death in 2019. According to the Business of Fashion, Lagerfeld redesigned the brand, merging designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s elegance with current flare.

The theme of the 2005 Met Gala was “House of Chanel,” so some participants may wear outfits made by Lagerfeld for that gala to the 2023 occasion.

Despite his celebrity, Lagerfeld was a controversial figure due to the absurd remarks he made during his lifetime. He frequently expressed fatphobia, even declaring, “No one wants to see voluptuous ladies on the runway.”

According to the Associated Press, he also faced controversy for criticizing German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2017 for allowing refugees to seek asylum in Germany and for declaring in 2013 that he was “not enthusiastic” about assisting same-sex couples adopt.

Some celebrities may wear outfits that criticize Lagerfeld, though no one has confirmed this.

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