Dua Lipa and Michaela Coel among the names to co-chair the 2023 Met Gala

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This spring, the Met Gala will return on the first Monday of May, the annual celebration of the Costume Institute's upcoming exhibition which, for 2023, will centre around the late Karl Lagerfeld.

According to an announcement from the museum, the spring 2023 exhibition theme – and therefore the theme of the next Met Gala – will be 'Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty'. The Met confirmed the news at a press presentation during Paris Fashion Week in September.

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The legendary designer sadly passed away in 2019 aged 85. He was one of the most prolific and celebrated fashion designers of all time and has headed up some of the biggest fashion houses in the world, including Fendi, Chanel and his own namesake label, all three of which he acted as creative director for until his death.

The exhibition will pay tribute to his genius, while the accompanying gala will no doubt see hundreds of his close friends and collaborators be inspired by some of his most iconic designs, celebrating his life's work with what they choose to wear on the night.

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Below, we round up everything we know so far about the 2023 Met Gala. From what we know about the theme and hosts, to who we can expect to walk up those famous stairs.

What is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala, which is also known as the Costume Institute Benefit or the Met Ball, is a charity event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City each spring – and always makes for one of the most exciting celebrity-fashion events of the year.

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Often dubbed the 'Oscars of fashion', the event draws in the biggest A-list names, who will dress according to a set theme, usually in bespoke creations from the world's most impactful fashion designers. In previous years, guests have dressed to the themes of 'punk', 'camp' and 'heavenly bodies', while there have also been events that have paid tribute to specific designers, including Alexander McQueen and Rei Kawakubo.

The ball tends to raise millions for the Costume Institute at the Met - which holds an annual accompanying exhibition - through the sale of tickets, which are bought by designers and brands. Tickets cost around $35,000 each, with tables ranging from $200,000 to $300,000.

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What is the 2023 Met Gala theme?

This year exhibition theme will be 'Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty', which Andrew Bolton, the Met's curator, explained will not be a straightforward retrospective, but will pay tribute to his life's work in a unique manner.

"At its heart the exhibition will look at the evolution of Karl’s two dimensional drawings into three dimensional garments," he told WWD. "We could not do a traditional retrospective. For one thing, I think Karl would have hated that."

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"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," he added. "It was something he had a very conflicted relationship with."

It is always difficult to say how the designers will interpret the theme – some will choose to make the references very literal and others will be more subtle – but, as one of the most well-known and beloved fashion designers of all time, we can expect this to be an emotional one for many walking the red carpet.

Who is attending the 2023 Met Gala?

Although the official guest list will never be revealed in full, the museum has announced who will be co-chairing this year's gala, meaning we can definitely expect them walking up those famous steps.

According to a recent announcement, Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel, Penelope Cruz and Roger Federer will be co-chairing the event.

Now, as we await more news of the year's glossiest red-carpet event, take a moment to look back over the best Met Gala dresses of all time, below.

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