The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York has announced that its 2023 Costume Institute Exhibition will be Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.
Dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld’s iconic work and six-decade career spent as creative director, the exhibition will explore his creative process, from sketching and drawing to garments that have changed the course of culture. It will be open to the public from May 5 to July 16, 2023, and The Met’s iconic Costume Institute Benefit — AKA as The Met Gala — will take place on Monday, May 1, 2023.
“Karl was a lover of multidisciplinary arts, and it’s the highest recognition for his work to be presented in such a monumental exhibition at The Met’s Costume Institute,” said Pier Paolo Righi, CEO, Karl Lagerfeld. “As custodians of Karl’s legacy, we aim to bring his passion, intuition and inexhaustible creativity to life in everything we do. We cannot imagine a more poignant or meaningful way to celebrate his colossal achievements — both the enduring impact he’s had on fashion and how it’s shaping the future.”
“Having worked with Karl for over 30 years, it’s beautiful to see his life’s work culminate in such a monumental way,” said Caroline Lebar, SVP of Image & Communications, Karl Lagerfeld. “It will be incredibly inspiring to reflect on his contributions to fashion, design and culture, as seen through the lens of Andrew Bolton, the amazing curator of the exhibition.”
“The Met Exhibition is the pinnacle of creativity, fashion and culture colliding together,” said Hun Kim, design director, Karl Lagerfeld. “It’s an honor that Karl’s work will be at the core of the 2023 exhibition and Costume Institute Benefit event and inspire the looks that will walk the world’s most renowned red carpet.”
The exhibition will particularly focus on his passion for drawing and the use of form as his primary vehicle for creative expression, with “through lines” presented as dualities and metaphors throughout.