The world’s most fashionable feline? Late designer Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved CAT Choupette scores an invite to the Met Gala – which will honor her former owner’s work and legacy (but she has yet to confirm her attendance!)
- Choupette has been invited to attend the event held in New York City in May
- But it has not yet been confirmed whether the 11-year-old Birman will accept
- The dress code for the occasion, overseen by Anna Wintour, is ‘in honor of Karl’
Late designer Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved pet cat has already earned herself a unique status as one of the world’s most fashionable felines – but the fluffy animal now has another string to add to her already-impressive bow after landing an invite to the ultra-exclusive Met Gala.
Choupette, an 11-year-old Birman, has been asked to attend the event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in May.
The dress code for the occasion, which will be overseen by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, is simply ‘in honor of Karl.’
But it has not yet been formally confirmed whether the feline will attend.
Late designer Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved cat Choupette has been invited to this year’s Met Gala in May
The 11-year-old Birman has been asked to attend the event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
Choupette (pictured with Naomi Campbell in Vogue’s May edition) began her modelling career in August 2012
Choupette’s agent, Lucas Berullier, confirmed to the New York Post that the feline had received a formal invite.
Berullier added: ‘It’s an event in honor of the legacy of Karl, and Choupette is obviously a central part of the legacy.’
There had previously been speculation that Choupette could steal the show at the annual gala.
Michelle Baron, who illustrated Where’s Karl?: A Fashion-Forward Parody, told the publication: ‘[I’d imagine] her entering with a big entourage — maybe Anna, or Grace Coddington.
‘I think the way to show stop would be [entering] by herself, or with the biggest celebrity, maybe Beyoncé.
‘Or maybe she’ll be escorted by Karl’s old bodyguard, Sébastien Jondeau.’
The theme of The Met Costume Institute’s spring exhibition is also in honor of the late designer and is titled Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.
The exhibition, which opens to the public on May 5, features more than 150 objects spanning Lagerfeld’s six-decade career at Chanel, Chloé, Fendi, and his own label.
The dress code for the occasion, which will be overseen by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, is simply ‘in honor of Karl’ (pictured together previously)
From the moment the creative director was gifted Choupette, the feline’s life was changed forever
Vogue’s May 2023 cover is also in celebration of the legendary designer.
Shot at Paris’s Grand Palais amid a sweeping renovation, the publication asked ten designers inspired by Lagerfeld’s visionary work to interpret it anew.
Their creations appear on ten of the models that Lagerfeld loved most: Anok Yai, Shalom Harlow, Kendall Jenner, Liu Wen, Adut Akech, Natalia Vodianova, Naomi Campbell, Amber Valletta, Gigi Hadid, and Devon Aoki.
After Lagerfeld died on 19 February 2019 at the Hopital Americain in Paris, his beloved pet was trusted to his former governess, Françoise Caçote, who has since kept her Instagram account alive.
Vogue’s May 2023 cover, shot at Paris’s Grand Palais amid a sweeping renovation, is also in celebration of the legendary designer
At the time of the designer’s passing, it was believed Choupette and her new carer stood to inherit a chunk of his £178m fortune, but the amount she and Françoise eventually received was not disclosed.
In 2020, Caroline Lebar, head of communications for the Karl Lagerfeld brand in Paris, told The Times why Choupette, who is believed to be one of the world’s richest cats, has her own agent.
‘She has an agent because she has a lot of requests. So far she hasn’t done anything because they are ultra-selective,’ she said.
The feline was Lagerfeld’s great love, flying with him on private jets, adorned in diamond necklaces and raking in millions as a ‘model.’
Originally belonging to French model Baptiste Giabiconi, Lagerfeld ‘met’ Choupette while house sitting for him in 2011.
If Choupette does attend the event, she will be among a star-studded line-up. Pictured: Kim Kardashian (left) and Cara Delevingne (right) at the Met Gala in 2022
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (pictured at the event last year) will oversee the event that honor’s the late designer’s legacy
After two weeks, Lagerfeld simply told Giabiconi: ‘I’m sorry but Choupette is mine,’ and would later joke that he abducted her before turning her into an international model.
From the moment the creative director was gifted Choupette, her life was changed forever.
Choupette began her modelling career in August 2012, first posing in the arms of French supermodel Laetitia Casta by the Eiffel Tower.
The cat has since been used in numerous advertising campaigns, including for Opel cars and various make-up ranges.
A whole collection titled ‘Choupette in Love’ was launched in honour of the feline and a Chanel range was inspired by the cat’s eyes.
The stunning cat, which has a silky white coat and deep blue eyes, has more than 133,000 Instagram followers.
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