Fashion's biggest event Met Gala is around the corner. May 1 will witness a sea of who's who from entertainment, fashion and politics descend on the red carpet in awe-inspiring outfits. But this year's theme for Met Gala isn't without its share of controversy.
Met Gala 2023's theme is "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty", which will see the Costume Institute exhibition celebrate the full work and life of German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. The dress code is simply, "in honour of Karl."
There are so far not a lot of voices criticising the theme, but there are a few rare and big ones.
British actor and activist Jameela Jamil came out condemning the choice of the theme by Met Gala asking, "Why is THIS who we celebrate when there are so many AMAZING designers out there who aren't bigoted white men?"
Then there is the High Fashion Twitter Met Gala, which also said that they won't be celebrating this year's Met Gala theme as their values don't align. The HF Twitter Met Gala was started by a group of internet friends who decided to make the event more inclusive and democratic by hosting a similar event online with the same theme in 2020.
As we approach the first Monday of May, the hf twitter met gala team would like to announce that we will not be celebrating this year’s met gala as our values don’t align with the selection of Karl Lagerfeld as the theme. We hope to celebrate with our community again soon.— HF Twit Met Gala (@HFMetGala) April 17, 2023
The reason is - Karl Lagerfeld. The German fashion designer who helmed several high fashion brands such as Balmain, Chanel, Fendi and Chloé as well as his own brand named Karl Lagerfeld, didn't die without leaving a controversial legacy.
Karl Lagerfeld has been accused of spewing fat-phobic, homophobic, misogynist, Islamophobic comments during his career. As Jamil says in this video below, these comments weren't made by him ages ago and were later dug up.
After the Met Gala theme was announced, actor Jameela Jamil explained her opposition to the late Karl Lagerfeld being the theme for the event. https://t.co/sP69O3Y1yA pic.twitter.com/dXVV8FLLn6— The Associated Press (@AP) April 26, 2023
Lagerfeld made these comments consistently throughout his career and never apologised for any of them.
Some of his problematic statements include these:
Karl Lagerfeld did not make anything new in the fashion scene. He's mostly credited with making old fashion houses relevant in modern times and reinventing them.
Regardless, this year's Met Gala guests including Kim Kardashian (turns out rumours of her not being invited are untrue) will attend the event either in some of Lagerfeld's "creations", brands he helmed or reinvent his own signature style or that of his pet cat Choupette, for whom he left much of his fortune.