According to Google Trends, The Met Gala set off an internet query frenzy, with searches placing British actor Bill Nighy who accompanied Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of American Vogue and Global Editorial Director of Condé Nast, on the red carpet, as the top trending search. Curious online users also searched for Karl Lagerfeld’s “choupette cat” and Karlie Kloss as the most searched model in attendance.
The Met Gala Honors Late German Designer Kark Lagerfeld
The Costume Institute Benefit (also known as The Met Gala®) took place on Monday, May 1, 2023, in tandem with the opening of The Costume Institute’s spring exhibition,Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty. The exhibit explores the work of the late German fashion designer and creative director of Chanel, including his methodology and stylistic vocabulary. More than 150 garments are on display, many accompanied by Lagerfeld’s sketches, highlighting his complex creative process and collaborative relationships. The exhibit expresses Lagerfeld’s aesthetic and conceptual themes in his fashions from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019
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Met Gala Top Google Search Trends
On the day of The Met Gala, the internet was buzzing with curiousity about celebrity appearances and red-carpet fashions. Google ranks Chanel as the top searched fashion label and “chanel supermarket show” became a breakout search term worldwide. Kim Jones, Artistic Director at Fendi, and celebrity couple, Suki Waterhouse and Robert Pattinson were also popular names in the Google search bar during The Met Gala. Another fascinating fact—searches for 1992 spiked 600% during The Met Gala.
Met Gala 2023 AI-Designed Looks
With the forward march of Artificial Intelligence, the Costume Institute and its VIP gala attendees inspired AI renditions of the year’s biggest fashion event. One company asked an AI art generator to design its best looks for past Met Gala themes.
BightspeedPlans.com researched The Met Gala themes over the past five years to prompt AI to create digital art. The company used various prompts and art style descriptions to generate Met Gala looks from AI. MidJourney is an AI system that can create realistic images and art from a report in natural language. The company collected the best images for each theme to compare AI’s work to fashion designers. Here’s a look at the 2023 Met Gala AI renderings, from ethereal gowns to bold ensembles.
“Karl Lagerfeld was one of the most captivating, prolific, and recognizable forces in fashion and culture, known as much for his extraordinary designs and tireless creative output as for his legendary persona. This immersive exhibition will unpack his singular artistic practice, inviting the public to experience an essential part of Lagerfeld’s boundless imagination and passion for innovation,” says Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Met.
According to The Met, “Sketching was both Lagerfeld’s primary mode of creative expression and his primary mode of communication. Illustrating its significance to the designer’s creative practice, another introductory gallery will be dedicated to the premières d’atelier—the seamstresses regarded as the architects of Lagerfeld’s vision, responsible for translating his two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional garments.”
The exhibit illuminates Lagerfeld’s creative collaboration with a series of on-camera interviews conducted by French filmmaker Loïc Prigent, who followed and documented the late designer’s collections from 1997 to 2019. Sketches explore his work with the serpentine line and the straight line, opposing yet complementary forces in his designs for Chanel, Chloé, Fendi, and Karl Lagerfeld. The aesthetic and conceptual dualities evident in his designs stem from the serpentine line signifying Lagerfeld’s historicist, romantic, and decorative impulses, and the straight line signifying his modernist, classicist, and minimalist tendencies.
Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty will be on view from May 5 through July 16, 2023. Architect Tadao Ando designed the exhibit working in collaboration with The Met’s Design Department, to produce a physical manifestation that embodies the intersection of the straight and serpentine lines.
Michaela Coel, Penélope Cruz, Roger Federer, Dua Lipa, and Anna Wintour served as co-chairs for the event, which provides The Costume Institute with its primary source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, operations, and capital improvements. CHANEL sponsored the exhibition and the benefit. FENDI provided major support with additional funding provided by KARL LAGERFELD and Condé Nast.
A publication for Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty, written by Bolton, will be released in May 2023, published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.