Details of the 2023 Met Gala, From Dress Code to Co-Chairs

Haylee Thorson - Author

May 1 2023, Updated 5:10 p.m. ET

Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld
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Attention all fashion fanatics! The 2023 Met Gala is here! Here's everything you need to know about this year’s theme, dress code, co-chairs, exhibition, and event date.

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The 2023 Met Gala will honor the late designer Karl Lagerfeld.

The 2023 Met Gala theme is short and sweet: “In honor of Karl.”

Paying tribute to the renowned German designer Karl Lagerfeld, who passed in 2019 at age 85, Met Gala guests and museum curators alike are tasked with honoring the late designer’s legacy.

On Instagram, Vogue shared details regarding this year’s theme when the theme was announced in January.

“The accompanying exhibition, titled ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,’ pays tribute to the prolific designer, who helmed major fashion houses including Chanel, Fendi, and Chloé,” the magazine wrote.

The “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” exhibition at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will feature 150 iconic looks throughout the designer's time-honored fashion career. Lagerfeld’s sketches will also be on display.

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However, not everyone is thrilled with the 2023 Met Gala theme. While Lagerfeld was undoubtedly one of fashion’s most brilliant minds, the late designer had a dark, controversial history. From defending sexual assault to fat-shaming to making homophobic remarks, the designer’s views were often problematic and hateful.

“Remember that time Karl said models should be OK with being touched inappropriately because it’s part of the job??” one user commented on Vogue’s Instagram post.

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Who are the 2023 Met Gala co-chairs?

The 2023 Met Gala co-chair lineup consists of quite the star-studded crew. Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel, Penélope Cruz, and Roger Federer will preside as co-chairs alongside Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour at the extravagant fashion exhibition at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in May.

However, many of the comments on Instagram expressed confusion over this year’s choice of co-chairs. Lagerfeld’s past muses include Hollywood starlets such as Kristen Stewart, Lily-Rose Depp, Kiera Knightley, and Janelle Monáe — all of whom were absent from the 2023 co-chair list.

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Cara Delevingne and Karl Lagerfeld
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Cara Delevingne and Karl Lagerfeld

“Why didn’t they choose any of his muses to be co-chairs? Kiera Knightley, Cara Delevingne, Kristen Stewart?” one user wrote.

Last year’s co-chairs included Regina King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Blake Lively, and Ryan Reynolds, presiding over the “Gilded Glamor” theme and the “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” museum exhibit.

How can you watch the Met Gala?

Vogue often offers an official live stream of the Met Gala on their website. It starts Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Red carpet coverage also starts on E! at 6 p.m. EST.

Of course, the actual gala is a private event that isn't broadcast, but we all know we're there for the red carpet looks anyway.

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