As a four-time Met Gala attendee, Jordan Roth—who is the president of Jujamcyn Theaters on Broadway—has consistently been one of the annual event’s most exuberant and fabulous dressers. Last year, the self-described “theaterista” and couture devotee wore an ornate Thom Browne overcoat to the affair made from mohair, satin, moiré, and velvet; In 2019, he shined in a winged Iris van Herpen design.
At tonight’s Met Gala, which honored the legacy of the late Karl Lagerfeld, Roth continued this love of ornate craftsmanship. This time, Schiaparelli’s designer Daniel Roseberry transformed Roth into a human fan for the night. It was a special homage to the signature accessory that Lagerfeld often carried around with him. Below, in his own words, Roth shares the creative inspiration and vision behind the striking look.
The Met [Gala] is a canvas that offers us to create, play, and dream. I love the freedom of scale that it offers, and also the context of the theme that it offers. It’s always been this beacon of glamour, creativity, and epic fashion joy.
When I heard the theme, I was like, yes! Then, we got specific. I have always loved and salivated over [Lagerfeld’s] designs, the prolificness of his career, and the ways in which he created so many different collections under so many different houses. Each one had their own unique personality. But as much as I adore and covet his designs, I’ve always been fascinated by his personal iconography, which goes beyond his personal style. He created himself through iconography. When the theme was announced, I knew that’s where I would focus and take inspiration from.
It all started with a beautiful conversation between me and Daniel back in December. We shared thoughts and sketches back and forth. It's an extraordinary process of craft, consideration, and rigor. One of the things I love so much about couture is the creative patience that is inherent in the form. There’s no guessing; there’s theory, and then there’s experimentation.