There's still months left of 2022, but for fashion fanatics out there, the countdown is already on for the 2023 Met Gala.
On the first Monday in May, creative directors, models, actors and designers who manage to score themselves a ticket to the biggest A-list event in town, will be heading up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to pay homage to that year's chosen theme—hopefully, without historical-related controversy.
After they ascend the steps and pose for the wall of photographers, they enjoy a luxurious dinner inside the establishment and get to wander through the exhibit that corresponds the event's theme, before the public can do the same following the event.
After a strange couple of years (hello, COVID) we've still been lucky enough to witness the red carpet event twice in that time, even if they weren't exactly one year apart. Now that the two 'In America' themes are behind us—along with the lacklustre costume attempts by most guests—there's a fresh slate for next year and it looks more promising than ever.
Below, everything we know about the upcoming 2023 Met Gala—from the famous hosts to the theme.
WHAT IS THE THEME OF THE 2023 MET GALA?
Despite TikTok predicting that the 2023 Met Gala theme would revolve around space, it turns out that the confirmed theme is nothing of the sort.
Making the announcement on September 30, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute confirmed that the 2023 theme will be 'Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty'. After the longtime creative director of Chanel passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2019, the event plans to pay tribute to Lagerfeld with an avant-garde night of creative triumph.
"Karl never tired of telling me that fashion did not belong in a museum. When we worked on the Chanel show together, he was incredibly generous in what he lent, but he was completely disinterested in the exhibition itself," Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute's Curator In Charge, said about the theme.
"He would say, 'Fashion is not art—fashion belongs on the street, on women's bodies, on men's bodies'," he said, as per Vogue.
As for whether we'll end up seeing countless celebrities in variations of black or tweed to pay homage to most of Lagerfeld's wardrobe, Bolton doesn't believe so.
"Well the one thing I knew for certain is that we could not do a traditional retrospective. For one thing, I think Karl would have hated that," he said, adding, "Even though one of his facets was that he was a historicist, and he would revisit themes in his work".
"He was always looking to the future in his own work—he hated looking back at the past. It was something he had a very conflicted relationship with."
In the exhibit, around 150 of Lagerfeld's design illustrations—including his own and those of the brands he championed—will be featured at the Met Gala, along with the designer's original sketches.
WHO WILL HOST THE 2023 MET GALA?
Currently, there's no word on which A-list faces will be hosting the event, but there is bound to be a selection of some of the biggest names out there headlining the event.
For last year's Gala, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds all served as the evening's official co-chairs, along with actress Regina King and writer Lin-Manuel Miranda.
According to W Magazine, eight directors were tapped to create 'cinematic vignettes' which played in the rooms of the museum's American Wing. The directors include some big industry names, like Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Regina King, Chloé Zhao, Janicza Bravo, Julie Dash, Autumn de Wilde and Tom Ford.
As for whether that will happen again for the 2023 event, we are unsure at the moment.
WHAT IS THE DATE FOR THE 2023 MET GALA?
As we know, the Met Gala always takes place on the first Monday in the month of May. And while that date varies each year, we're lucky that the 2023 event will fall on one of the most satisfying dates possible—May 1.
Of course, the exhibit that the Gala is celebrating will be made available to the public not long after the A-list crowd head to the event's after parties. In this case, the 2023 exhibit will be on view to the public from May 5 to July 16 2023.
WHO WILL BE ATTENDING THE 2023 MET GALA?
Since the 2022 Met Gala saw the event return to its star-studded glory, there's no doubt that the fashion set—and the A-list faces they'll dress—will be headed to the event.
As for which faces are confirmed to be there, there's been no word yet but we're sure that the streets of Los Angeles will be rather empty come May.