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The next Met Gala theme could be a homage to Karl Lagerfeld

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Sure, at its heart the annual Met Gala is a fundraiser. But as we the people see it, it's just as much for us as it is a night for the designer-clad bigwigs ascending the stairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We treat the spectacle like a sport: who made the cut? What players are on form? And what designer do they have in their corner?

Last year it felt like we hit peak Met Gala, what with the intense speculation, TikTok forecasts and explainers. It was a frenzy that almost surpassed the event itself. And now, it looks like we're about to repeat the experience. Although the first Monday of May, seems too far ahead to consider, that hasn't stopped talk of the 2023 theme.

Initially, rumours pointed to the possibility of the 2023 Met Gala being space-themed. However, given the source was DeuxMoi, the rumours have remained just that: unconfirmed bits of gossip. Instead, another more concrete theory suggests that 2023 Met Gala could be pay homage to the late designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Before the pandemic, word on the street was that the Costume Institute was gearing up for a Karl Lagerfeld exhibition, with the retrospective scheduled for 2022. Of course, that didn't happen. Quite possibly because Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge, hoped to save the mammoth task for a time not plagued by sudden closures and cancellations.

According to WWD, Anna Wintour and Andrew Bolton are to meet with officials from the Met Museum in Paris on September 30 to discuss the upcoming gala. After which, we can hope to receive more details on what to expect at the forthcoming Met Gala.

As we know, the exhibition at the Costume Institute usually dictates the direction of the Met Gala theme. As was the case in 2021, with the focus on In America - A Lexicon of Fashion. If the 2023 Met Gala theme does revolve around Karl Lagerfeld, watch this space for confirmation.

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