There are not many nights on the calendar that generate such intrigue, such excitement and such wonder than that of the Met Gala ( AKA Costume Institute Gala). It’s a night solely focused on fashion and charity ( Big Bad Wolf’s favourite mix). For those of you who don’t know, the Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. This night marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit– which runs for several months ( yet no nights are as exciting and as fashion packed as the opening).
It’s a night packed to the brim of the who’s who in every industry- from Fashion, film and music to high society and art, this is one event marked with a special star on every persons calendar. So you could only imagine my disappointment at last nights show of fashion. This years theme- Manus x Machina: Fashion in the age of technology focuses on the dichotomy of handmade haute couture and machine made fashion. Call me old fashioned, but if there is one place that technology should not infiltrate- it is fashion. The beauty of fashion lies ( especially when it comes to haute couture) in the hand-made details, it becomes a statement of strength and technical ability for the designer- no machines allowed! Though, swallowing my ( theme) disapproval I frantically researched the looks of the evening.
With evenings such as the Met Gala, the need for Haute Couture pieces is still alive and kicking. So without denying the brilliance of each (master) piece, I was a little disappointed as I was expecting a sort of Transformers: Age of Fashion red carpet take over… The reality was much less exciting with pieces that fitted neither into Manus nor Machina nor fashion for that matter ( Sorry Madonna, Showing your bum cheeks is neither Manus, Machina or High Fashion- Please grow up already).
So I have decided instead of focusing on the best dressed from the Met Gala 2016, to dabble a bit and research the Met Gala’s Best Dressed: Then and Now. Take a look.