Next year's Met Gala theme revealed

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Organizers of the annual Met Gala, one of fashion's biggest nights, have announced next year's theme: celebrating the work of the late Karl Lagerfeld.

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Scheduled, as usual, for the first Monday of May, the star-studded fundraiser will invite attendees to honor the work of the German designer who died in 2019 aged 85.

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The gala's theme coincides with a major exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, titled "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.".

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In a press release, the Met said the show will bring together around 150 designs that "explore the designer's stylistic language."

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Items on display will include creations from Lagerfeld's time as creative director of Fendi, Chloé and Chanel,

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as well as pieces from his stints at Balmain and Patou and designs from his eponymous label.

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The invite-only benefit, which usually costs upwards of $30,000 a head to attend, is a major source of funding for the Costume Institute.

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Under the stewardship of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, it raised $15 million in 2019, according to the New York Times.

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Lagerfeld was a prolific sketcher, and most of the items going on display will be accompanied by corresponding drawings.

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The Institute's head curator, Andrew Bolton, said he had been inspired by hearing Lagerfeld's design assistants — or the "hidden hands behind Karl's brilliance," as he put it — pay tribute at a memorial service.

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