The Met Gala 2016 was one for the record books! Not only was every celebrity fashionista there and just about every celebrity fashionista designer represented, but suddenly the younger celebrity fashionista generation is getting into the act!
Baby bumps and Doc Martins with Louis Vuitton mini dresses ran amuck, but just how well did the celebs stick to the Manus x Machina theme? Some better than others. The fashion meets technology theme actually meant to hit upon mankind (Manus) vs. machine (Machina) but also about the fashion of the future. Therefore, it was expected to see lots of digital prints, 3D printing, laser cutting, and space age fashion. What did we see? Well, some of that – and also lots of gunmetal – to say the least.
There were a LOT of standout dresses, and also some plain dresses. There were models who got the theme and celebrities who didn’t (this happens every year). There were also some celebs who looked like they wanted to bring back the Met Gala themes of years past. (Here’s looking at you, Jessica Chastain and Lady Gaga.)
Let’s check out the highs and lows of this year’s tech-savvy Met Gala.
The best part of this dress? It glowed in the dark!
Marchesa teamed up with IBM Watson to make this dress light up and change colors.
So Much Metal
Looks from Met Galas Past?
This year’s theme was fashion in the future. These celebs looked great, but did they follow the theme? Not exactly.
It feels like they took a page out of a Met Gala theme of the past. Here’s what I mean:
Sure, it’s a gunmetal look. But it’s also reminiscent of Punk: Chaos to Couture 2013. Where is the bottom?
Jessica Chastain in a Manus x Machina look? Or Jessica Chastain in China: Through the Looking Glass 2015?
Stars and stripes? Reminds me of the 2010 Met Gala theme – American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.
This is the Prada of the future, I think. But it also reminds me of something out of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations in 2010.
Zoe Kravitz in fashion of the future or Zoe Kravitz as a superhero taking on the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy theme of 2008. This is a far stretch and yet not so hard to believe.
I know Sarah Jessica Parker was going for a Hamilton-inspired outfit (what does this have to do with fashion and technology, I wonder?) but it also reminds me of Anglomania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion, from 2006.
Taking on the Manus x Machina theme full force, but also the epitome of The Model as a Muse: Embodying Fashion, 2009.
The Louis Vuitton Effect
– Simona Shemer
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