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Known as “fashion’s biggest night out,” the Met Gala is officially an invitation-only fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. But really, it’s an extravagant party for A-listers to wear ostentatious outfits loosely tied to a theme. This year’s theme is Karl Lagerfeld, the German fashion designer who was Chanel’s creative director from 1983 until his death in 2019. Orchestrated by Vogue’s Anna Wintour, the event notoriously prohibits guests from using phones and social media (although they don’t always abide by the rule), so the best way to see all the looks is during the red carpet presentation. The red carpet begins at 6:30 p.m. ET and gawkers can watch the whole event unfold on the Vogue livestream – or check out some selections in the gallery below.

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US socialite Kim Kardashian arrives for the 2023 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

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Rihanna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York.NINA WESTERVELT/The New York Times News Service

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Rihanna attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty" exhibition in New York.Evan Agostini/The Associated Press

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Kim Kardashian poses at the Met Gala, an annual fundraising gala held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute with this year's theme "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty", in New York.ANDREW KELLY/Reuters

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Jared Leto, dressed as Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette, poses at the Met Gala, an annual fundraising gala held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute with this year's theme "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty", in New York City.ANDREW KELLY/Reuters

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Jared Leto dressed as Choupette and Lizzo attend The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty".Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

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Cardi B leaving The Mark Hotel (right) to attend the Met Gala, an annual fundraising gala held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, and her at the event (left), in New York.REUTERS/Reuters

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Anne Hathaway poses at the Met Gala, an annual fundraising gala held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York.BRENDAN MCDERMID/Reuters

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Salma Hayek at the Met Gala, an annual fundraising gala held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute with this year's theme "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty", in New York City on May 1, 2023.ANDREW KELLY/Reuters

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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend The 2023 Met Gala in New York City.Mike Coppola/Getty Images

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Ashley Graham attends The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.Mike Coppola/Getty Images

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Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller attends The 2023 Met Gala in New York City.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

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Pierce Brosnan at the Met Gala in New York City.ANDREW KELLY/Reuters

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Wes Gordon and Adut Akech attend the Met Gala in New York City.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

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Gisele Bündchen attends the Met Gala in New York City.Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

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Naomi Campbell attends the Met Gala in New York City.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

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Rita Ora, left, and Taika Waititi attend the Met Gala in New York City.Evan Agostini/The Associated Press

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David Byrne attends the Met Gala in New York City.Mike Coppola/Getty Images

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Quinta Brunson attends the Met Gala in New York City.Evan Agostini/The Associated Press

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Karen Elson attends The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty" in New York City.Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade attend The 2023 Met Gala in New York City.Theo Wargo/Getty Images

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Catherine Martin, left, and Baz Luhrmann attend The Met Gala in New York City.Evan Agostini/The Associated Press

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Singer-songwriter Dua Lipa arrives for the 2023 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman attend the Met Gala Celebrating "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.Mike Coppola/Getty Images

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Anna Wintour and Bill Nighy arrive at the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.ANDREW KELLY/Reuters

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Roger Federer and his wife Mirka Federer at the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.ANDREW KELLY/Reuters

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Penelope Cruz arrives at the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

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