Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
The annual Met Gala is always a show stopper, with the fashion industry’s great and good coming out to celebrate their intricate designs, and see who played it safe. Unlike the Oscars or the Grammy Awards, The Met Gala focus is on the fashion, and the designers are just as much the celebrities, as the celebrities on the red carpet. Over the years the event theme has ranged from punk in 2013 to last year’s culturally questionable ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’.
This year’s Met Gala 2016 was all about fashion’s relationship with technology- to tie in with the exhibition ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an age of Technology’, and the timing couldn’t be more fitting. With 3D printing on the rise, and announcement of Levi’s & Google’s Project Jacquard, the lines between fashion and technology are more blurred than ever before.
One actress who really embraced the trend was Claire Danes- she wore a Zac Posen designed Cinderella-esque fibre-optic ballgown that did not disappoint.
What I loved is that the outfit brought an overtly feminine, romantic edge to the ball in contrast to the more techy, futuristic looks (yes, i’m looking you Zayn Malik) showing that fashion and tech can sit seamlessly and beautifully together.
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