The 2023 Met Gala Red Carpet Arrivals

At the 2023 Met Gala red carpet, stars including Cardi B, Doja Cat, Jared Leto and more paid homage to the late Karl Lagerfeld (and his pet cat, Choupette), who is the subject of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest Costume Institute fashion exhibit.

The museum’s annual fundraiser was co-chaired by Penélope Cruz, Michaela Coel, Roger Federer, Dua Lipa, and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who has organized and presided over the event since 1995. Titled “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” this year’s Costume Institute collection honors the life and legendary career of the late designer who passed away on Feb. 19, 2019, and features more than 150 pieces including sketches.

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Met Gala guests often have embraced outrageous custom looks inspired by exhibition themes, like 2019’s Camp: Notes on Fashion. But affection for Lagerfeld the man and a love of his work may result in a carpet tilted more toward elegance than costume. With this year’s dress code reading simply, “In honor of Karl,” exhibition curator Andrew Bolton said he hopes gala guests will feel that “it’s in the spirit of Karl, and hopefully everyone will come out in vintage Chanel, vintage Fendi, vintage Chloé.”

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