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What is the Met Gala 2023 theme? Plus date, hosts, guests and everything you need to know

Met Gala 2023 theme

The Met Gala 2023 is swiftly approaching! Here's all to know about the night that will honor Karl Lagerfeld, including who's hosting and what the dress code entails for this year. 

Every year, on the first Monday in May, celebrities, influencers, and high-profile names in fashion from around the world gather for the Metropolitan Museum's Art Costume Institute's biggest annual celebration: The Met Gala.

With the help of fashion legend Anna Wintour, the Met Gala comes to life every year, each with a carefully curated theme. 2022's 'Gilded Glamour' theme proved to be a memorable one, with celebs like Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, and the remainder of the Met Gala 2022's best dressed list who came to the event ready to embrace the sartorial theme.  

This year's benefit will be held in memory of Karl Lagerfeld, known for his pivotal work with Chanel, and we're already giddy thinking about the looks that are yet to be served on the Met steps. 

Here's everything we know so far about the theme, who's hosting, and more....

When is the Met Gala 2023?

The 2023 Met Gala will take place on Monday May 1st 2023 at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. 

The iconic charity ball, formally known as Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit, has taken place on the first Monday of May every year since 2005, except when it was cancelled in 2020 and held in September 2021 due to the pandemic. 

The incredible fashion event will see some of the world's biggest A-listers come together to honor the night's extravagant dress code as they pose on the red carpet for one of the biggest nights of the year for the fashion industry. 

What is the Met Gala 2023 theme?

In memory of Karl Lagerfeld, the Met Gala 2023 theme will be 'Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty', a theme sure to prompt some of the best Met Gala looks. 

The exhibit that will accompany the annual Met Ball will feature over 150 of his original designs while he worked with Chanel, Balmain, Chloé, Fendi and more. 

"At its heart, the exhibition will look at the evolution of Karl’s two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional garments... It was almost a secret code, a language shared between him and those premiers, that only they could fully decipher," said designer Andrew Bolton on Vogue's Instagram.

Who's hosting the 2023 Met Gala?

The chief sponsor of the Met Gala this year will appropriately be Chanel, and supported by Lagerfeld's own fashion brand, along with Condé Nast and Fendi. 

On January 18, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute announced the Met Gala's hosts for 2023, and we could not be more excited. 

Along with annual honorary host Anna Wintour, Penélope Cruz, Michaela Coel, Dua Lipa, and Roger Federer will be co-hosting the event. 

Last year, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Lin Manuel-Miranda, and Regina King reigned as the hosts of the Met Gala - and who could forget Blake Lively's stunning New York-inspired, custom Versace dress that gave a wink to Lady Liberty?

(Image credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage via Getty Images)

Penélope undoubtedly is already a woman we're usually watching out for on red carpets, seeing as she's always serving timeless and chic looks. And Michaela Coel, the multi-talented British actor, and writer known for her limited series I May Destroy You, certainly has already proved herself to be quite the fashionable woman - seriously, who could forget Michaela Coel's Emmys dress from 2021?

Who is going to the Met Gala 2023?

The Met Gala celebrity guest list is usually kept under wraps until the invitees arrive at the star-studded night itself. 

While the official Met Gala 2023 guest list is unknown, we can say that hosts Penélope Cruz, Michaela Coel, Dua Lipa, and Roger Federer will be in attendance, along with the Met Gala mother, Anna Wintour. 

(Image credit: Getty Images)

It's also thought that 2022 Met Gala co-chair Blake Lively will receive an invite, along with Kim Kardashian, who appeared in a dress that belonged to Marilyn Monroe last year, despite previous rumors that Anna Wintour had struck the reality icon and her family from the Met Gala guest list.

It's also expected that stars known to have worked closely with Karl Lagerfield during his career will be invited, including models such as Cara Delevigne and Gigi Hadid plus Chanel brand ambassadors such as Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman.

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