Met Gala to Merge Couture and Technology

By Abbey Gingras

Last week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City announced the theme for the Costume Institute exhibition and the Met Gala in 2016, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” The event, which takes place every spring and has a new theme each year, will focus on the contrast and fusion between handmade and machine-made clothing.

The Met Gala has always been the pinnacle of high fashion, with many of the greatest style moments of all time taking place at the annual soiree. This year’s theme merges the old with the new — in many ways, the past with the future of fashion.

Hailee Steinfeld at the 2014 Met Gala | Photo by Eric Sudias, Creative Commons
Hailee Steinfeld at the 2014 Met Gala | Photo by Eric Sudias, Creative Commons

Undoubtedly one of the trademarks of many high fashion brands is their process of creating clothing. While much of what consumers buy in stores is mass produced in factories by machines to reduce cost, many designers painstakingly hand sew their creations. This grueling process can take months or even years. Rihanna’s gown for last year’s gala was handmade by one woman, and took two years to complete.

Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala | Photo via Vanity Fair
Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala | Photo via Vanity Fair

As style rules shift and change with new trends and technologies, it’s important that designers keep pace with the culture around them. This year’s theme, and partnership with Apple, is an acceptance of the changing realm of fashion and the world we live in today.

While an appreciation for handmade couture is still prevalent, so to is an understanding that technology can in many ways advance fashion to places it has never been before. By accepting both schools of thought, fashion leaders will be able to move forward and continue to innovate.

I believe this year’s theme will be one of the best in recent years, and I’m looking forward to seeing what shows up on the red carpet in May.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s