The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Tuesday that the 2016 Met Gala theme will be “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” And if you’re wondering whether guests will show up looking like stylish robots, you’re not alone! Turns out, there are actually a lot of designers (including Chanel and Louis Vuitton) getting in on the future-focused theme already. So we decided to pick out a few perfect pieces for Taylor Swift (who is on of this year’s honorable co-chair) to wear for her hosting duties.
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Vogue reports that the exhibit will showcase the “dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion.” The curator of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, commented, “Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made. But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.”
The show will feature over 100 couture and ready-to-wear pieces, including a mix of handmade techniques (re: embroidery and lacework) alongside machine designs, such as laser cutting.
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It was also announced that actor Idris Elba, Apple’s Jonathan Ive and squad superstar, Taylor Swift, will co-chair the event alongside Vogue Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour. Designers serving as honorary chairs are Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld and Miuccia Prada, which doesn’t come to much of a surprise considering their latest collections.
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As Wintour pointed out in a video showcasing her 2016 Spring collection highlights, one of the big messages from the Paris shows was the “influence of technology on fashion,” particularly at Louis Vuitton. And considering so many other high-fashion designers are getting into new technological ways, we found three hot-off-the-runway options for Swift to wear in May.
First, a swirl-print short ruched dress from Ghesquière’s Spring 2016 Louis Vuitton collection (which featured technology-focused, sci-fi-meets-real-life pieces). The second, a look from the Fall 2015 Chanel Couture show, which used computer-printing techniques to recreate the iconic quilted suit jacket. And the third option, a show-stopping high-shine netted piece from the Spring 2016 Iris van Herpen collection, which featured a robotic 3-D printed device creating a dress during the show, right in the middle of the runway!
But we want to hear from you. Which dress should Swift wear to the gala? What are your thoughts on next year’s theme? Share in the comments below.
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