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Here are all the best looks from the Met Gala 2023

Dua Lipa
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Dua Lipa

In New York City, the first Monday night in May means the Met Gala — the megawatt party and fashion soiree that raises money for New York's famed Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This year's event celebrates the opening of a new show at the museum's Costume Institute: "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty." Lagerfeld, one of the most looming presences in fashion for many decades, was the creative director for both Fendi and Chanel (respectively from 1965 and 1983 until his death in 2019) as well as his own eponymous line.

This year's hosts are actress Penélope Cruz, an ambassador for Chanel since 2018, as well as actress Michaela Coel, tennis star Roger Federer, singer Dua Lipa and Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue and global chief content officer for the fashion magazine's parent company, Conde Nast. Tickets, which were available by invitation only, cost $50,000 each, with tables available beginning at $300,000.

This year's guests have been asked to dress "in honor of Karl": a wide-ranging dictum, considering that over the decades Lagerfeld also designed for Chloé, Balmain and Patou.

Ironically, Lagerfeld was not a fan of putting fashion behind glass in museum displays; the exhibition's curator, Andrew Bolton, told Vogue last year that the designer often said, "Fashion is not art—fashion belongs on the street, on women's bodies, on men's bodies."

Michaela Coel
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Michaela Coel
Roger Federer and Mirka Federer
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Roger Federer and Mirka Federer
Penélope Cruz
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Penélope Cruz
Anna Wintour and Bill Nighy
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Anna Wintour and Bill Nighy
Jeremy Pope
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Jeremy Pope
A$AP Rocky and Rihanna
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A$AP Rocky and Rihanna
Lil Nas X
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Lil Nas X
Janelle Monáe
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Janelle Monáe
Jared Leto
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Jared Leto
Keke Palmer
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Keke Palmer
Brian Tyree Henry
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Brian Tyree Henry
Florence Pugh
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Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Florence Pugh
Jenna Ortega
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Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Karl Lagerfeld
Jenna Ortega
Bad Bunny
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Bad Bunny
Michelle Yeoh
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Michelle Yeoh
Jennifer Lopez
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Jennifer Lopez
Halle Bailey
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Halle Bailey
Yung Miami
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Yung Miami
Anok Yai
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Anok Yai
Gigi Hadid
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Gigi Hadid
Brittney Griner and Cherelle Griner
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Brittney Griner and Cherelle Griner
Viola Davis
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Viola Davis
Kendall Jenner
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Kendall Jenner
Kylie Jenner
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Kylie Jenner
Kim Kardashian
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Kim Kardashian
Finneas O'Connell and Billie Eilish
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Finneas O'Connell and Billie Eilish
Stephanie Hsu
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Stephanie Hsu
Tems
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Tems
Teyana Taylor
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Teyana Taylor
Olivia Rodrigo
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Olivia Rodrigo
Conan Gray
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Conan Gray
Lily Collins
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Lily Collins
Anitta
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Anitta
David Byrne
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
David Byrne
Quinta Brunson
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Quinta Brunson
Aubrey Plaza
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Aubrey Plaza
Pedro Pascal
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Pedro Pascal
Bella Ramsey
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Bella Ramsey
Sora Choi
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Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Karl Lagerfeld
Sora Choi
Stormzy
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Stormzy
Cardi B
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Cardi B
Mary J. Blige
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Mary J. Blige
François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek Pinault
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François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek Pinault
Jessica Chastain
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Jessica Chastain
Serena Williams
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Serena Williams
Daniel Ricciardo
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Daniel Ricciardo
Anne Hathaway
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Anne Hathaway
Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin
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Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin
Doja Cat
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Doja Cat
Naomi Campbell
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Naomi Campbell
Madelyn Cline
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Madelyn Cline
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
Ice Spice
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Ice Spice
Jeremy Strong
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Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Jeremy Strong
Julia Garner
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Julia Garner
Camila Morrone
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Camila Morrone
Amanda Seyfried
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Amanda Seyfried
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Hannah Bagshawe and Eddie Redmayne
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Hannah Bagshawe and Eddie Redmayne
Jodie Comer
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Jodie Comer
Yara Shahidi
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Yara Shahidi
Adut Akech and Wes Gordon
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Adut Akech and Wes Gordon
Karlie Kloss
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Karlie Kloss
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Olivia Wilde
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Olivia Wilde
Ashley Graham
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Ashley Graham
Margot Robbie
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Margot Robbie
Huma Abedin
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Huma Abedin
Gustav Witzoe
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Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Gustav Witzoe
Maude Apatow
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Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Karl Lagerfeld
Maude Apatow
Ariana DeBose
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Ariana DeBose
Kelsey Asbille Chow
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Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Kelsey Asbille Chow
Tyler Mitchell
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Tyler Mitchell
Phoebe Bridgers
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Phoebe Bridgers
Amber Valletta
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Amber Valletta
Kaitlyn Dever
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Kaitlyn Dever
Gisele Bündchen
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Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Karl Lagerfeld
Gisele Bündchen
Quannah Chasinghorse
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Quannah Chasinghorse
Liu Wen
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Liu Wen
Maya Hawke
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Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
Maya Hawke
Emily Ratajkowski
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Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Emily Ratajkowski
Imaan Hammam
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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Imaan Hammam
Taika Waititi and Rita Ora
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Taika Waititi and Rita Ora
Emma Chamberlain
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Emma Chamberlain
Chloe Fineman
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Chloe Fineman
La La Anthony
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
La La Anthony

Grace Widyatmadja photo edited this piece.

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Anastasia Tsioulcas is a reporter on NPR's Arts desk. She is intensely interested in the arts at the intersection of culture, politics, economics and identity, and primarily reports on music. Recently, she has extensively covered gender issues and #MeToo in the music industry, including backstage tumult and alleged secret deals in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against megastar singer Plácido Domingo; gender inequity issues at the Grammy Awards and the myriad accusations of sexual misconduct against singer R. Kelly.