Met Gala 2023 Theme Honors the Late Karl Lagerfeld

The German fashion designer and creative director of Chanel died in 2019. He was 85.

The fashion world is honoring the late Karl Lagerfeld in a big way. The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Friday that the theme for the 2023 Costume Institute Benefit, also known as the Met Gala, will be Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty

The announcement was made at Lagerfeld's photo studio in Paris, France, which journalist Derek Blasberg noted has remained "untouched" since the designer and Chanel creative director's 2019 death. 

The upcoming exhibition will feature 150 of Lagerfeld's designs from Chanel, Balmain, Patou, Fendi, Chloe and his own personal line. The pieces will be accompanied by Lagerfeld's sketches.

The annual gala takes place on the first Monday in May and is a fundraiser for New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

The exhibition will open to the public on May 5 and close July 16, 2023.

Lagerfeld died in February 2019 at the age of 85. His signature white ponytail, black suit, gloves and dark sunglasses made him an iconic figure in pop culture, specifically in the fashion world. 

In addition to designing his eponymous line, being a photographer and artist, the fashion veteran previously worked for various European fashion houses including Balmain and Chloé. He became the creative director of Fendi in 1965 and most notably took the reins as creative director at Chanel in 1983. He revitalized the legendary French brand founded by Coco Chanel into an international phenomenon that became the epitome of elegance, luxury and glamour.