The First Monday In May: Everything You Need To Know About The 2023 Met Gala

With the 2023 Met Gala coming up, here’s all the vital information to know before fashion’s biggest night.


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Actress Blake Lively’s custom Versace gown, resembling classic New York architecture, cascades down the steps of the Met at the 2022 Met Gala.

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We’re just a week away from the biggest night in fashion: the Met Gala. Each year, on the first Monday of May, some of the world’s biggest stars and fashion icons gather together in New York City for the grand event. So as the most infamous day in May approaches, here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 Met Gala.

What Exactly Is The Met Gala?

The Met Gala is the primary fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and the historic museum serves as the venue for the event which will take place on May 1.

The Met Gala may only seem like an opportunity for a bunch of rich people to attend a lavish party (not before walking up the 13-½ foot high staircase) but it actually serves as a fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The money raised at the Met Gala is the main source of annual funding for the Costume Institute’s exhibitions, acquisitions, and capital improvements. The fundraised money comes from the sale of tickets which are bought by designers and brands. According to Harper’s Bazaar tickets cost $35,000 a piece with tables costing anywhere between $200,000 to $300,000.

How Does One Get Invited To The Met Gala?

To be one of the lucky 600 guests that gets to attend the Met Gala, you must be selected by Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour herself. Yes, the woman who Meryl Streep’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada” is based on. Typically the guests who Wintour selects have donated tons of money to the museum or are some of the most talked about people in Hollywood.

What Is The Theme of The 2023 Met Gala?


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This year’s Met Gala theme is ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty’ coinciding with the Costume Institute’s spring 2023 exhibition focusing on the work of Karl Lagerfeld. Lagerfeld, best known for the modern revival of Chanel during his time as creative director, was a frequent visitor of the Met Museum and has served as an inspiration for many designers. In addition to being the center of this year’s Met Gala theme, the May 2023 cover of Vogue was dedicated to Lagerfeld and featured many of his muses as well as other designers who have been inspired by his work.

Who’s Hosting The Met Gala?


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Vogue announced the hosts of this year’s Met Gala on Jan.18. This year’s hosts are Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel, Roger Federer, and Penélope Cruz. Wintour also co-chairs the event every year.

Who’s Attending The Met Gala?


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While we never know who all of the 600 guests are prior to the red carpet, there have already been a few confirmed attendees for this year’s event. According to celebrity gossip account, Deuxmoi the celebrities confirmed to be attending are: Lipa, Coel, Federer, Cruz, Billie Eilish, Cara Delevingne, Mindy Kahling, Lily Rose Depp, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Florence Pugh, Uma Thurman, Ashley Graham, Julia Garner, Cynthia Erivo, Christina Ricci, Vanessa Kirby, Liu Wen, Olivia Wilde, Ariana Debose, Bella Ramsey, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, Suki Waterhouse, Lily Collins, Taika Waititi, Lea Michele, Daisy Edgar Jones, Kristen Stewart, and Miranda Kerr . Celebrities who have been rumored to be invited include: Janelle Monae, Harry Styles, Kaia Gerber, Austin Butler, Rihanna, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Margot Robbie, Diane Kruger, and Pharrell.

What Are People Going To Wear?


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All of the outfits worn by the rich and the famous on the Met Gala red carpet must follow or fit in with the gala’s theme. Since this year’s theme is “In Honor of Karl”, I personally think many of the attendees will wear vintage Chanel ensembles or outfits by other designers that pull inspiration from Lagerfeld’s designs. Attendees could also wear pieces from Lagerfeld’s time designing  at other brands such as Fendi, Balmain, Jean Patou, and Chloé.  

Who Should I Look Out For?

Model Cara Delevingne formed a close relationship with Karl Lagerfeld during his time at Chanel.

Considering that the entire guest list pretty much remains unknown, there are few people to watch prior to the beginning of the Met Gala carpet. However, of the confirmed attendees Depp and Delevingne will be the ones to pay attention to. Delevingne was one of Lagerfeld’s favorite models and she starred in many of the Chanel runway shows. Delevingne is also a brand partner of the French fashion house and has been since 2015. Depp is currently in a partnership with Chanel and is the brand’s newest star. Considering Depp’s current relationship with Chanel, there’s a high chance she will be dressed by the brand in possibly one of Lagerfeld’s most iconic looks. 

So in short, clear your calendar for May 1st because the 2023 Met Gala is sure to be one of the most talked about nights in fashion for years to come.