Met Gala 2023: Best Red Carpet Moments

On the first Monday in May, the famed steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art were filled with fashion insiders, art enthusiasts, and celebrities who came dressed to the nines to celebrate fashion’s biggest night, the annual Met Gala. This year, attendees took inspiration for their looks for the night from the museum exhibit, Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty.

Lagerfeld, who died in 2019, was a distinctive talent in the world of fashion. Best known for his work as the creative director at Chanel, over which he presided for three decades, he was also the creative lead at Fendi and his own eponymous line. Lagerfeld was equally famous for being an outsized personality in the industry—his dramatic signature uniform of a tuxedo and high collared shirt, powdered white ponytail, fingerless gloves, and sunglasses, only upstaged his sharp wit, which he used to deploy irreverent, wicked, and sometimes cruel bon mots on many occasions.

Read more: Why the Met Gala’s Karl Lagerfeld Theme Is Controversial

While some attendees, like gala co-chairs Dua Lipa and Penelope Cruz wore Chanel couture gowns from the house’s 1992 and 1998 collections, respectively, others like Quinta Brunson—who donned a shimmering pale pink Prabal Gurung column gown with a dramatic train and a camellia embellishment, a nod to Chanel’s trademark blossom—paid homage to Lagerfeld’s work at Chanel with looks by other designers. Others, like the designer Tommy Hilfiger, chose to channel the legendary designer himself in a suit he designed with vintage Chanel fabric and a high-collared shirt gifted to him by Lagerfeld, something that Lagerfeld, who once referred to himself as “a caricature of myself,” would no doubt be amused by. Others took a more conceptual approach to the theme, like Michaela Coel, who embodied the spirit of Lagerfeld in a sheer gold embellished gown by Schiaparelli.

However, the most scene-stealing look of the night may have gone to Doja Cat, who channeled Choupette, Lagerfeld’s beloved and very glamorous cat, on the red carpet in a glittering white Oscar de la Renta gown and a prosthetic cat nose for her Met Gala debut.

Here’s a look at the best (and most outrageous) looks from the Met Gala red carpet.

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky and Rihanna attend the 2023 Met Gala Celebrating "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2023 in New York City. (Mike Coppola—Getty Images)

A$AP Rocky and Rihanna attend the 2023 Met Gala Celebrating “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2023 in New York City.

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Cardi B

Cardi B (Mike Coppola—Getty Images)

Cardi B

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Pedro Pascal

Pedro Pascal (Theo Wargo—Karl Lagerfeld/Getty Images)

Pedro Pascal

Theo Wargo—Karl Lagerfeld/Getty Images

Sydney Sweeney

Sydney Sweeney (Mike Coppola—Getty Images)

Sydney Sweeney

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Jeremy Strong

Jeremy Strong (Jamie McCarthy—Getty Images)

Jeremy Strong

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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain (Christopher Polk—WWD/Getty Images)

Jessica Chastain

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Doja Cat

Doja Cat (John Shearer—WireImage/Getty Images)

Doja Cat

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Dua Lipa


Dua Lipa Michael Buckner—Variety/Getty Images

Michaela Coel


Michaela Coel Dimitrios Kambouris—The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images

Suki Waterhouse and Robert Pattinson

Suki Waterhouse and Robert Pattinson (Dimitrios Kambouris—The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images)

Suki Waterhouse and Robert Pattinson

Dimitrios Kambouris—The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images

Kate Moss


Kate Moss Dimitrios Kambouris—The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images

Naomi Campbell


Naomi Campbell Dimitrios Kambouris—The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images

Quinta Brunson


Quinta Brunson Jamie McCarthy—Getty Images

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway (John Shearer—Getty Images)

Anne Hathaway

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Gisele Bundchen


Gisele Bundchen Kevin Mazur—MG23/The Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Images

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