Fashion of the Future: 2016 Met Gala RecapColby Morrell
The theme of this year’s gala, and the soon-to-open exhibition it’s celebrating, is Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. The gala is most famous for its attendees celebrating by dressing in high costume fashion. This year, there was no disappointment in gorgeously executed looks and some…interesting choices, to say the least.
Before we get into what everyone was wearing, lets talk about the whole reason for the celebration. Manuz x Machina. The exhibit shares clothing pieces from the early 20th century to the present with an overall theme of handmade vs. machine clothing. The presentation consists of a series of rooms based on traditional haute couture, including embroidery, featherwork, artificial flowers, pleating, lacework, and leatherwork, which will be presented alongside versions that incorporate innovative processes, such as 3D printing, computer modeling, bonding and laminating, laser cutting, and ultrasonic welding. We think it’s a pretty cool concept.
To go along with the theme, guests of the gala dressed in futuristic style. Here are some of our favorite looks:
Kylie Jenner looked gorgeous for her first time at the gala, wearing an over the top dress by Balmain.
We always expect Beyonce to be flawless, and she was just that in this latex Givenchy gown.
Rita Ora rocked a glamorous and risque gown by Vera Wang that had just the right cutouts.
Anna Wintour can do no wrong in this chic Chanel dress.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye are our favorite couple of the night, totally nailing the theme of the gala in their metallic looks.
And here are some of our least favorite looks from the Gala
Madonna turned heads with her revealing sheer Givenchy dress that showed off her impressive body…especially from the back…But while we applaud her daring choice, something about the whole ensemble just wasn’t working.
Lady Gaga is no stranger to bold, but this look was pretty underwhelming. A clear throwback to her first days on the scene, the look fell short of expectations.
Katy Perry is also known for her daring style, but her last minute decision to dye her eyebrows should have been avoided. The black dress covered in keys was a more disappointing decision, however.
A cool juxtaposition either works or it doesn’t. Jennifer Connelly’s combat boots paired with her Louis Vuitton dress simply didn’t work.
Kristen Stewart rocked gorgeous makeup and hair, but the dress was an awkward fit on her and took away from the look.
While Bette Midler was totally on point for the theme of the gala, her Marc Jacobs gown was a miss style wise.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Met Gala
- The event was started by publicist Eleanor Lambert in 1948 and was formally known as the Costume Institute Gala. The event used to be attended by New York’s top tier socialites rather than designers and Hollywood stars.
- Anna Wintour is in charge of the guest list, and although you can buy a ticket (for a small sum of $25,000), she still has the final say on who’s allowed in and who’s not.
- Over 600 people attend the event each year.
- Though the gala always has a theme to match the newest Costume Institution exhibit, guests aren’t required to dress like the theme, though they often do.
- Parking for the event ranges from $1,150 – $2,000 for the evening.