Doja Cat dresses as Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, at the 2023 Met Gala

Doja Cat’s first Met Gala look is simply that purr-Perfection.

The “Woman” rapper is among tonight’s A-list attendees at the 2023 Met Gala, where guests honor the late legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld with a dress code theme. Doja nailed the idea by reincarnating Lagerfeld’s beloved white Burmese cat, Choupette.

Her hooded dress, by Oscar de la Renta, included cat ears on the hood, plus silver sequins, a backless feature, and a mermaid silhouette extending into a white feathered train. More than 5,000 hours of work went into creating the dazzling piece, which features 350,000 silver and white horn beads.

To accessorize, she wore a diamond headpiece under the hood and a diamond-encrusted chain arm cuff. Doja’s magic was also popular with cats; The Grammy winner appropriately wore dramatic black cat eyeliner and polished her nose to look like a cat.

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Although this is Douga’s first time at the Met Gala, she has long been known for her experimental style on the red carpet.

This past January, for example, she sat front row at Schiaparelli’s Spring Couture show, where she appeared completely covered in 30,000 red Swarovski crystals. The beauty’s intense look coordinates with her monochromatic red ensemble, which consists of a crimson, knee-length, strapless dress with an all-over beaded skirt, as well as a matching shawl.

Doja’s creative director, Brett Alan Nilsson, previously spoke to Doja of its pioneering style.

“When it comes to Fashion Week, it’s clear that sometimes people want to be direct and just wear the designer of the show. They want to look good,” he says. “But we wanted to tell stories, and we wanted to do things more editorially and theatrically—you know, to break the Internet and make headlines.”

The theme for this year’s ceremony, “Karl Lagerfeld: The Beauty Line,” honors the life and legacy of the late creative director Chanel.

Fashion Institute Describe Spring 2023 exhibition as an exploration of “Karl Lagerfeld’s work. Focusing on the designer’s stylistic vocabulary as expressed in the aesthetic themes that appear time and again in his fashions from the 1950s to his latest collection in 2019, the show will highlight German’s unique work methodology For born designers.

The exhibition will additionally display some 150 of Lagerfeld’s designs, as well as some of his drawings, both of which “highlight his intricate creative process and collaborative relationships with his first offerings, or head-dresses.” Lagerfeld’s fluid lines united his designs for Mann, Bateau, Chloé, Fendi, Chanel, and his label, which bearing his name, Karl Lagerfeld, to create a diverse and prolific collection unparalleled in the history of fashion.”

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