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Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel and Penélope Cruz have been announced as Met Gala 2023 hosts

The industry icons are going to be co-chairs for the Karl Lagerfeld themed event

Natalie Salmon
Fashion Digital Editor
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Today the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the co-chairs for this year’s Costume Institute Benefit, more commonly known as simply the Met Gala.

The event which will take place on May 1, 2023, in New York is welcoming Michaela Coel, Penélope Cruz, Roger Federer, Dua Lipa, and Anna Wintour who will all serve as the evening’s co-chairs. The dress code for the event will be “In honour of Karl,” in tribute to late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who was famously close with Wintour. 

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Bubblegum star Michaela Coel has been announced as co-chair

The Met Gala takes place annually on the first Monday in May and marks the opening of The Costume Institute’s spring exhibition. This year the exhibition is titled, Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty. With tickets going for as much as $35,000 each, the benefit raises money for the department, and is its primary source of funding for exhibitions, acquisitions, operations, and improvements. 


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This year Chanel and Fendi are the key partners for the event. Additional funding has been provided for by Karl Lagerfeld and Condé Nast.

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Anna Wintour was famously close to the legendary Chanel designer

What is the theme for the 2023 Met Gala?

Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty will explore the German designer’s stylistic vocabulary as it was expressed in through lines—aesthetic themes that appear time and again—in his fashions from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019 and spotlight his unique working methodology.

Approximately 150 pieces will be on view, spanning Lagerfeld’s career as the creative director of Chanel, Chloé, Fendi, and his eponymous label, Karl Lagerfeld, as well as his time at Balmain and Patou. Many of the objects will be accompanied by the designer’s sketches, which underscore his complex creative process and trace the evolution of his fashions from two-dimensional drawings to three-dimensional garments realised through the collaborative relationships with his premières.


Chanel ambassador Penelope Cruz has also been asked to join as co-chair

Drawing on the theory of art and aesthetics expressed by William Hogarth as the “line of beauty,” the exhibition is anchored by two lines: the “straight line” and the “serpentine line,” which delineate, respectively, Lagerfeld’s modernist and historicist tendencies. These lines explore different stylistic representations of themes that the designer returned to again and again, spreading in a rhizome-like configuration with intersecting moments—or “explosions”—that exemplify points of convergence. The exhibition will conclude with the “satirical line,” a section that focuses on Lagerfeld’s ironic, playful, and whimsical predilections expressed through visual puns that reflect the designer’s razor-sharp wit.

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