The Theme For The 2023 Met Gala Is “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty”
Without looking it up, I dare you to name what the theme of this year’s Met Gala was or what any celebrity other than Kim Kardashian was wearing. If you only remember Kim, you probably would have guessed that the theme was Believe it or Not: Desecration and Disrespect in #Thesetryingtimes, but it was actually Gilded Glamour. ‘Memba her? Kim’s Marilyn Monroe dress debacle was bad for America and even worse for Vogue the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. So for next year, Anna Wintour and Co. have taken steps to ensure that no such displays of fake-assery will distract from the theme for the 2023 Met Gala. Vogue reports that recently departed fashion giant Karl Lagerfeld will be honored at next year’s gala and the theme will be Keeping It Kunty: Fatties To The Back, alternately titled Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty, although I think we know which one he would prefer they use.
Even so, I’m sure Kim will find some way to ignore the theme and make a spectacle herself by parading the red carpet wearing Marilyn’s mummified corpse draped around her shoulders to hide the fact that she’s blown out the back of Princess Diana’s “revenge dress” which she bought at King Charles III’s Buckingham Palace fire sale. The real question is: Whose side will Jameela Jamil take? According to Vogue:
Karl Lagerfeld was a regular attendee at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, from the Seventh on Sale benefit in 1991 to “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” in 2011—and of course for the Chanel exhibition in 2005. And yet, says the Costume Institute’s Wendy Yu Curator in Charge, Andrew Bolton: “Karl never tired of telling me that fashion did not belong in a museum. When we worked on the Chanel show together, he was incredibly generous in what he lent, but he was completely disinterested in the exhibition itself! He would say, ‘Fashion is not art—fashion belongs on the street, on women’s bodies, on men’s bodies.’”
From 1954 (when he shared the Woolmark Prize with another emerging designer named Yves Saint Laurent) until his death in 2019, Lagerfeld produced a body of work—for Balmain, Patou, Chloé, Fendi, Chanel, and his own namesake brand—that is unparalleled. Which is why—despite what Lagerfeld himself thought about fashion’s place in a museum—he is to be the subject of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s spring 2023 Costume Institute exhibition.
I think what Karl meant to say is that fashion belongs on the bodies of skinny women and tall men. Filthy rags for the rest of us! It’s more than we deserve. The inspiration for the exhibition and its subtitle “A Line A Beauty,” was drawn from Karl’s sketches and the “evolution of Karl’s two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional garments.”
So I guess this means we can expect Katy Perry to come dressed as a line drawing of a hamburger, bringing her look from the 2019 Notes on Camp Met Gala full circle from flop, to unintentional camp, to Karl screaming down from the heavens “GET THAT FAT BURGER OFF MY RED CARPET!,” which is, obviously, very high camp indeed. But really, all I really want to see on the red carpet for the 2023 Met Gala is Karl’s kitty Choupette strutting her fine ass up and down those stairs and tripping Jason Derulo for the 98th year in a row.
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