The Met Gala honors Karl Lagerfeld


Design by Luca Gfrerer

Timeline featuring the fashionable Met Gala themes between 2016 and 2023.

Luca Gfrerer, Writer

Every year since 1948, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts the Met Gala. With themes varying from people to places to historical time periods, each Gala is unique and always a huge success. 

The Met Gala is an annual charity event that raises money for the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute. Many of Hollywood’s biggest stars are invited and attend the event in attire meant to fit a specific theme. This year’s theme was Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty. The late and great fashion designer was best known for his work with luxury companies such as Balmain, Patou, Chloé and Chanel. To honor him, many of the attendees dressed in vintage Chanel inspired outfits. 

There are always fan favorite outfits for every Gala. Last year it was Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, but this year some of the best outfits were Jared Leto who dressed as Lagerfeld’s burmese cat and Anne Hathaway in a white tweed Versace gown.

OHS junior Alayna Wannarka said, “Personally, I was a fan of Conan Gray’s outfit. I loved the outfit because it was very different from what most men wear to the gala and it fit the theme very well.”

Singer and songwriter Conan Gray attended this year’s Met Gala wearing a custom black and white Balmain in honor of Lagerfeld and his usual attire. He was seen at the Gala posing with Balmain’s current creative director, Olivier Rousteing. 

OHS junior Lydia Jessop said, “My favorite was Doja Cat just because it was iconic how she only answered with meows.” 

American rapper Doja Cat took a similar route to Jared Leto and also dressed as Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette. She wore a custom hand-beaded gown from Oscar de la Renta. Throughout the event, Doja Cat stayed in character and answered all questions by meowing. 

The annual funds brought in from the Met Gala have made a huge impact on the museum’s galleries, so this event will not be ending soon. Keep an eye out for the next Met Gala on May 1, 2024.