This year’s iconic Met Gala ball will be dedicated to the late designer Karl Lagerfeld. Lagerfeld’s pet cat, Choupette, will take part in the event. During Lagerfeld’s lifetime she became one of the most famous animals in the world. According to The New York Post, the cat has already received an official invitation to the ball.
“This event is in honor of Karl’s legacy, and Choupette is obviously a central part of that legacy,” said Lucas Beroulier, Choupette’s agent and owner of My Pet, an agency that specializes in influential pets.
Choupette is expected to be the star of the red carpet. The event will take place on 1 May under the direction of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
“I imagine her entering accompanied by a large entourage – maybe Anne or Grace Coddington. I think the best way to get attention would be for her to appear solo or with a big celebrity – Beyonce, for example. Or maybe she could be accompanied by Karl’s old bodyguard, Sébastien Jondo,” commented Michelle Baron, an illustrator who worked on the book Where’s Karl?: A Fashion-Forward Parody, on the news.
Burmese cat Choupette was born on 15 August 2011 and originally belonged to French model Baptiste Giabiconi. He called the pet “a common French nickname for cute girls”. One day, Giacconi asked Lagerfeld to babysit Choupette during his holiday. The designer resisted at first, but was soon fascinated by the animal. So the former owner decided to let Lagerfeld keep the kitten.
“I realised that Choupette gave Karl great joy,” Giacconi told The Times.