Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Cinema Connections at the 2023 Met Gala

This year the Met Gala was a tribute to Karl Lagerfeld and coincided with the Costume Institute's exhibition "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty." Though he was a controversial choice for the Met's theme, no one can argue that the designer had a career that is unmatched in fashion. It's difficult to summarize it all because he often worked at multiple houses at once - often rescuing and revolutionizing their fashion lines - and would do so until he passed away in 2019.

Here is just some of his incredible experience:
  • Jean Patou - Artistic Director 1958 to 1962
  • Chloe - Creative Director 1963 to 1978 and again 1992 to 1997
  • Fendi - Creative Director 1965 to 2019
  • Chanel - Creative Director 1982 to 2019
  • Karl Lagerfeld (his eponymous line) - Creative Director 1984 to 2019

Especially because of his time at Chanel, many who paid tribute to him at the Met Gala did so in designs of black and white. Even the carpet was changed from red to a creamy white with only accents of color.

Though the Met Gala was a tribute to Karl and his designs, I could still see Cinema Connections - dresses whose design shows the influence of costumes from classic film. I share some below.

Precious Lee in Fendi + Rita Hayworth in Jean Louis for 1946's Gilda

Kim Kardashian in Schiaparelli + Gloria Swanson in Clare West for 1919's Male and Female -
both dresses made of real pearls

Tory Burch in Tory Burch + Gloria Swanson in Chanel for 1931's Tonight or Never

Salma Hayek in Gucci + Jessica Rabbit (voice by Kathleen Turner) in 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Margot Robbie repurposing a Chanel dress that Cindy Crawford wore on the runway in 1993 
+ Ava Gardner in Vera West for 1946's The Killers

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