Sartorialists and celebrities alike come together every year for the fundraising Met Gala, to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute fashion exhibition. And next year is set to be one of the best yet, if the recently announced dress code - Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology - is anything to go by.
2016's futuristic, technological theme will focus on man vs. machine made clothing. 'Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made,' Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute, explained during the announcement. 'But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.'
And it couldn’t be more on point, with the fashion world increasingly embracing technology - and vice versa. This season more than ever, our social media streams were filled with FROW snaps, with huge fashion brands using channels such as Periscope and Snapchat to stream live coverage of their shows.
So, who better to sponsor the event than technological giant Apple, who released the iconic, trend-setting watch this year? We cannot wait to see the array of show stopping outfits that will adorn the red carpet, bringing the theme to life.
As if the theme wasn’t enough to get us majorly excited, the co-chairs are super-sweet singer Taylor Swift and award-winning actor Idris Elba, alongside Apple’s chief design officer Jonathan Ive, Vogue’s editor Anna Wintour and renowned designers Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquiere and Miuccia Prada.
There's no other event like it in the fashion calender, with fame and fashion galore discending on New York City. Not only is it a star-studded, picture-worthy hotspot, we love that the evening raises funds for the Institute’s annual exhibit, so that we can muse over the history of fashion forever more.
Previous themes have included everything from ‘Superheros: Fashion to Fantasy’ to ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’, setting the scene for the exhibition being held over the following months.
We’re already eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated affair on 2nd May.
In the meantime, here are five of our most memorable Met Gala looks of all time...
1. Victoria Beckham in Marc Jacobs for The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion, 2009
2. Blake Lively in Chanel for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, 2011
3. Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon for Punk: Chaos To Couture, 2013
4. Emma Stone in Thakoon for Charles James: Beyond Fashion, 2014
5. Beyonce in Givenchy for China: Through the Looking Glass, 2015
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