Met Gala 2023 live updates: What time does it start and who’s going?

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The annual Met Gala is taking place today (Monday 1 May) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The theme was unveiled in September last year as “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” and promises to “examine the life” of the late designer’s fashion legacy.

Attendees have been informed that the “most authentic approach” would be for attendees “to wear an archival look from one of the labels Lagerfeld led”.

They can also opt for “modern-day” looks by Chanel or Fendi, two brands where Lagerfeld once held the role as creative director. For the third option, guests are recommended to “find a Choupette,” the name of the designer’s beloved Birman cat, and “dress à la Lagerfeld”.

The decision to feature Lagerfeld as this year’s theme has raised eyebrows, with many highlighting the many controversial remarks the late designer made during his lifetime. He has been accused of bigotry with Jameela Jamil among those who condemned the choice.

From his fatphobic and body-shaming comments (He claimed in a 2009 interview that 2no one wants to see” plus-size models, and then called Adele “a little too fat” which he later apologised for) to his controversial opinions about the MeToo Movement, migrants and LGBTQ rights, these are some of Lagerfeld’s most controversial moments.

“This man… was indeed, supremely talented, but used his platform in such a distinctly hateful way, mostly towards women, so repeatedly and up until the last years of his life, showing no remorse, offering no atonement, no apology, no help to groups he attacked… there was no explanation for his cruel outbursts,” Jamil wrote.

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The list of rumoured arrivals to this year’s event include:

Jimin (BTS)

Lady Gaga

Vanessa Hudgens

Rita Ora

Maude Apatow

Camila Morrone

Amber Valletta

Kim Petras

Ice spice

Idris Elba

Nicole Kidman


Our coverage of the Met Gala red carpet will kick off on Twitter and Instagram at 6:30 p.m. ET which is 11.30pm UK time. Follow us for live coverage!

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Published by Owanate Gad-Briggs

Writer, Journalist, Podcaster and Creator.

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