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Everything You Need To Know About the 2023 Met Gala

From this year's theme, to the A-list guestlist.

Last Updated on May 2, 2023

After 2020 and 2021 saw almost every high-profile event get cancelled, the return of A-list fashion parties feels even more exciting – and when it comes to red-carpet style, the Met Gala is always at the top of the list.

Kim Kardashian, Zendaya, Rihanna and Kendall Jenner are just some of the big names that always make headlines with their Met Gala outfits, so you can bet they’ll be doing the same this year.

Be the first to know everything about this year’s grand fashion celebration. Here’s what you need to take note of at the Anna Wintour-led parade of couture eye candy.

Ariana Grande at the Met Gala

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When is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala will return to its usual slot of the first Monday in May, this year taking place on 1 May.

What is the Met Gala theme for 2023?

This year’s theme will celebrate the legacy of Karl Lagerfeld.

‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty’ will chronicle the late designer’s seven-decade career in the fashion industry. From his debut in the 1950s to his tragic death in 2019, Lagerfeld’s designs have changed the course of fashion and couture.

Max Hollein, a director at The Met mentioned that this year’s gala will be an immersive exhibition that will unpack Lagerfeld’s stylistic language. It will include 150 of his garments from his time as creative director at Chanel, Chloé, Fendi, and Lagerfeld’s fashion house.

Mark Ronson, Lykke Li, Julianne Moore, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Joan Collins, Lay Zhang wearing gown by Valentino leave Pierre Hotel for Met Gala on theme Camp

However, not everyone is happy with this year’s theme. The Met Gala has had quite a number of controversies in the past years—from the lack of diversity and inclusivity to the wearing of historical artefacts.

Many are concerned about honouring Lagerfeld in particular since he had many unsavoury opinions that have tarnished his legendary reputation. Many of which were insensitive comments about the LGBTQIA+ community and the #MeToo movement.

Now there’s no denying the impact Lagerfeld had on the fashion industry. There’s no problem in appreciating the innovation and art that he has contributed, but we should also be aware that being an icon doesn’t absolve him from his problematic statements.

What’s the dress code?

The dress code always runs parallel to the theme. This year, it’s ‘In Honor of Karl’.

Last year the dress code was white-tie and encouraged attendees to embody the grandeur of the Gilded Age.

Where is the Met Gala held?

The Met Gala is always held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Who’s on the Met Gala 2023 guestlist?

The Met’s guest list is always hotly-anticipated. In the last two years the attendace was smaller than usual due to the pandemic restrictions, making it even more exclusive than it was before – if that’s even possible.

As of writing, the guest list has not been confirmed but you can expect to see the regular faces, including Rihanna, Zendaya and Beyoncé in attendance.

There were reports that Kim Kardashian was off the guestlist, but it’s since been claimed she will be there. Phew!

Hopefully, some of Lagerfeld’s muses will be attending as well, including Blake Lively and Cara Delevingne.

Blake Lively at the met gala

Who is hosting the Met Gala in 2023?

The co-chairs joining Anna Wintour to host this year’s Met Gala are Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel, Penelope Cruz and Roger Federer.

Last year’s hosts included Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, while designer Tom Ford, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, and Wintour were honorary co-chairs.

Can fans go to the Met Gala?

Unfortunately, the Met Gala is as exclusive as exclusive gets.

Even if you can afford a ticket, which cost a whopping $50,000, inclusion on the guest list is still for Met Gala’s chairwoman and Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s approval.

The good news is even though we can’t see all the haute couture (and our favourite celebrities) in person during the extravagant event, we can witness the parade of high fashion through our screens.

Can I watch the Met Gala at home?

The Met Gala is a private event, but you’re able to watch the red carpet online.

Usually this is live streamed on Vogue’s website and many other publications’ websites under the Condé Nast brand.

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