Latex, metallics, LED lights and all things lace: The Met Gala 2016 theme was based on the current exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. It displayed an array of personalities all suited, booted and unquestionably uncomfortable. Set at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, the Oscar rivalling ball welcomed over 600 elites with a hefty invitation fee of $30,000. This year is was organised by Vogue US Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, alongside Apple Chief Designer Jonathan Ive, the Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton and co-hosts pop star Taylor Swift and renowned actor, Idris Elba.
Starting in 1948, the Met Gala has been raising funds for the Costume Institute, for new exhibitions, acquisitions, publications and capital improvements. Since Wintour took charge, the Gala has become a fashion show in itself. Last year the exhibition was named ‘China Through the Looking Glass’ with the theme inspired by how Chinese culture influences Western fashion, yet many individuals mixed Japanese culture into their outfits. In the future, the themes will be more trend focused, just like the theme Punk a couple of years before.
This year’s exhibition showcases 170 pieces of haute couture, avant-garde and ready-to-wear fashion from early 1900 to now. One of the statement pieces in the museum is Lagerfeld’s hand-drawn design, which was “transferred onto a computer to make a pixilated Baroque pattern; rhinestones were heat transferred by machine, outlined by hand with gold paint and finished with pearls and gemstones,” making it “the perfect case study”, Andrew Bolton mentions, who has been the Costume Institute curator since 2001, and has also curated Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty Retrospective in 2011.
In our blog, we have chosen to display out choices of the Best Dressed Individuals, but the less broadcasted ones. Everyone has seen Beyonce, Claire Danes and Lady Gaga’s outfits, so here are a few you may have missed.
Bee Shaffer: Anna Wintour’s daughter chose an Alexander McQueen train dress with colourful floral embroidery.
Jared Leto: Why So Serious? The actor, singer-songwriter and soon-to-be Joker, dressed in a structured Gucci creamed white tuxedo suit with a studded silver and black cane.
Jourdan Dunn: Model of the Year and the face of Burberry wore a heavy silver embellished and Art Deco panelled Balmain dress, with matching silver ombre dip dye hair.
Karolina Kurkova: Light It Up, the Czech ex-Victoria Secret Model wore an LED light up collaborative design by Marchesa and IBM Watson technology.
Katy Perry: The ‘Teenage Dream’ signer paired her black and gold jewelled Prada dress with her own Tamagotchi electronic toy. “It’s been my tech contribution for this year’s Met Gala” she said.
Kristen Stewart: The Twilight star wore Chanel black and silver textured ensemble with an open criss-cross midriff and a slit at the front of the dress. Keeping with the technology theme, Stewart added striking thick silver eyeshadow makeup.
Lily Collins: The American-British actress wore Valentino, a longline red Grecian draped plunge dress combined with gold accessories and a painted white line down the middle of her face.
Lupita Nyong’O: Golden Globe and BAFTA award winning actress, Nyong’O, wore a sheer glittery green Calvin Klein dress and a weight-defying hairstyle.
Nicole Kidman: The actress showed up in a black and silver patterned moon-age dream dress with cape ensemble from Alexander McQueen.
Poppy Delevingne: The model and socialite wore an intensely beaded semi-sheer plunge Marchesa dress, with gypsy tiers filled with embellished fringing. Delevingne added a matching choker and necklace piece to her outfit.
Will-i-am: The singer-songwriter and ex-Black Eyed Peas member, wore a Gucci black tuxedo with silver floral embroidery on the cuffs. Sticking with the technological fashion theme, he wore a wider rimmed open crown hat with a black tinted visor.
Zendaya: The actress and Singer wore a one shoulder gold shimmer Michael Kors dress. The style chameleon opted for a longline bowl haircut.
Madonna: Material girl, not so much material. Madonna wears Riccardo Tisci, a lace overlay with bondage straps all over her body and black thigh high boots. A political statement possibly, but certainly risqué. “It’s heavy and it’s uncomfortable” Madonna remarks, “which is how it should be when you’re coming to the Met Ball.”
And for the Best Couples & Pairings, here are some not to be missed. Couples always have the glory, but make way for the siblings and best friends combos.
Willow & Jaden Smith: The Smiths, the dancing and singing brother sister act were in matching outfit combinations. Willow in a Chanel jumpsuit and white textured black jacket and Jaden in a Louis Vuitton white outlined black jacket.
Nicki Minaj & Jeremy Scott: The Moschino Team, Minaj belted into a bondage inspired black sheer Moschino dress with matching belted elbow length gloves. Scott joined Minaj in a black tuxedo with heavily diamond embellished Moschino logo and skeletal patterns.
FKA Twigs & Robert Pattinson: Twigs wore a nude coloured Atelier Versace dress with accompanying body harness. Pattinson matched his girlfriend in a white combination from Dior Homme.
Haim: Siblings In Unison, all Haim sisters were in matching Rodarte: Este in white sheer lace with black lace sash, Danielle in white tiered lace and Alana in black lace with white detailing.
The MET Gala red carpet saw more than its fair share of head-turning looks this year and we only covered a few of the ones we deemed as somewhat overlooked. If you liked this article make sure to share it on Facebook and let us know which was your favourite look!