Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 Met Gala

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On Monday, May 1st, the 2023 Met Gala will take place. This year’s Costume Institute exhibition, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” will celebrate the full work and life of Karl Lagerfeld. The dress code is, fittingly, “in honor of Karl.” As Lagerfeld designed for many houses—including his eponymous brand, Patou, Balmain, Chloé, Fendi, and Chanel—attendees will have no shortage of inspiration. Last year’s gala, which called for attendees to dress in “gilded glamor,” saw guests pay homage to a transformative era for America (notably, Blake Lively became a walking vision of patina glamor.) This year is sure to be a feast of memorable moments, too. 

Below, everything you need to know about the 2023 Met Gala. 

When is the Met Gala 2023?

The 2023 Met Gala will take place on Monday, May 1st in New York City. It celebrates the opening of the Costume Institute exhibition, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.” You can follow along with all the action throughout the night with live updates from inside the Met Gala. 

How can I watch the Met Gala 2023?

Fans can follow all the action on Vogue’s livestream once again for 2023. The red carpet will be live-streamed on May 1 throughout the night and will also be broadcasted live across our digital platforms (as well as on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter). 

Last year, the livestream began at 6 p.m. EST, and was hosted by Vogue editor at large Hamish Bowles, actor and singer Vanessa Hudgens, and actor and television personality La La Anthony. You can rewatch all the action from the 2022 event here. 

What is the Met Gala 2023 theme?

The theme for the night is “in honor of Karl.” The exhibition will see Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute’s Wendy Yu Curator in Charge, examine the work of Karl Lagerfeld (1933–2019). Throughout his lifetime, Lagerfeld worked at prominent fashion houses such as Balmain, Chloé, Fendi, Chanel, in addition to founding his namesake brand.  More than 150 pieces will be on display in the exhibition, many of which will be accompanied by Lagerfeld’s sketches.

Who will host the Met Gala 2023?

On January 18, Vogue announced that its 2022 hosts would be Penélope Cruz, Michaela Coel, Roger Federer, Dua Lipa, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour as the night’s co-chairs. Anna Wintour has run the Met Gala since 1995, shaping it into the much-loved annual celebration of fashion we know today.

What is the Met Gala?

Organized and presided over by Anna Wintour since 1995, the Met Gala has become a much-loved annual celebration of fashion. The Met Gala is a charity event that is considered a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, it has traditionally been timed to mark the opening of its annual fashion exhibition. Year after year, the event raises eight-figure sums.

What happens at the Met Gala?

In short: it’s a secret. For this reason, guests must abide by the no phone (and, therefore, no social media) policy. However, you can see exclusive photos from inside the Met Gala here. Kendall Jenner also gave us a behind the scenes look at the Met Gala through her camera in 2021. The event usually involves a high-profile performer (like Rihanna or Justin Bieber), and guests always explore the exhibition before sitting down together for dinner. 

Where is the Met Gala held?

The Met Gala takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on the first Monday in May each year (with the exception of the 2021 event, which took place in September due to COVID-19 restrictions). Guests attending the Met Gala typically stay in hotels nearby—see celebrity-favorite hotels to get ready for the Met Gala in (and plan your visit!).

Who is invited to the Met Gala?

Until the evening before the event, the guest list is top secret. But some of the biggest names in the business regularly attend—from Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Madonna and Rihanna. More often than not, designers attend with their muses: think Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss, or Nicolas Ghesquière and Emma Stone. See everything that goes into the Met Gala seating chart here.

Who attends the Met Gala?

The event usually hosts around 600 attendees. The event welcomes stars, young creatives, and industry paragons each year. Revisit some of the best looks from long-time Met Gala attendees such as Blake Lively, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna and more of the best looks of all time.

What looks can we expect to see?

In keeping with the theme, look forward to powerful survey of Lagerfeld’s decades-long contributions to Parisian fashion. Here, revisit the best looks from the last decade.

What was the Met Gala 2022 theme?

The theme for part two of “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”  (the first part took place in September of 2021) was “gilded glamour, white tie.”  

As for the exhibition, presented across 13 of the American period rooms in the museum, it “provides a historical context for “In America: An Lexicon of Fashion”, in a way,” Bolton told Vogue. “The stories really reflect the evolution of American style, but they also explore the work of individual tailors, dress-makers, and designers,” he says. “What’s exciting for me is that some of the names will be very familiar to students of fashion, like Charles James, Halston, and Oscar de la Renta, but a lot of the other names really have been forgotten, overlooked or relegated into the footnotes of fashion history. So one of the main intentions of the exhibition is to spotlight the talents and contributions of these individuals, and many of them are women.”

Who were the hosts for the Met Gala 2022? 

The event was hosted by co-chairs Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, while designer Tom Ford, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour served as honorary co-chairs

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