This year’s Met fashion exhibition is to explore how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.
With how fashion is constantly evolving to take advantage of the modern advances in technology, it was only a matter of time until the two mediums, hand-made and machine-crafted were to collide together creating pieces that blur the boundaries between Haute Couture & Pret-A-Porter.
While some of the red carpet attendees took the theme technology very literally; lots of silver and shine resembling pieces of machinery, others took a more indirect approach to it; heavy embroidery and applique details, there were those that seemed to miss the theme completely and wore very elegant but simple designs that don’t fully demonstrate hand-made or machine-crafted techniques.
Claire Danes looked like Cinderella come to reality on the red carpet in this baby blue Zac Posen down. The cut was exquisite on her silhouette and by keeping the hair and makeup so classic, the gown was allowed to shine and come to life. Which once inside the venue it truly did.
Alison Williams looks gorgeous in this 3-D Printed Peter Pilotto gown. The silhouette curves to her bodies perfectly, while the grey material allows all the patterns and motifs to grab attention. This was the perfect way to include technology without making it too obvious.
Zayn Malik in Versace was one of those in attendance that really took to the technology idea quite literally with this robot-inspired suit. It perfectly blended the idea of technology with the handmade craftsmanship of a couture suit.
Karolina Kurkova wowed in this Marchesa & IBM gown. Immersing into the fashion meets technology theme, this stunning tulle gown was embroidered with L.E.D flowers that changed colour dependant on twitter opinions of the gown.
I was disappointed when I saw Grimes wearing this Louis Vuitton. For someone, that has such a bold and unique take on fashion, I expected with this theme for her look to reflect this, but instead, I feel this just falls a little flat.
While Rose Byrne looks stunning in this Ralph Lauren Collection gown, I feel she missed the mark for the event. There isn’t anything about this gown that embodies fashion meeting technology. What I think is effective is the singular colour palette from necklace down to shoes.
Madonna didn’t surprise me in this Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci look, it’s essentially the look she wore to the Punk Met Gala back in 2013; all she’s done is swap the tartan for lace. While she has stated this look was a political statement, I feel this wasn’t the time or the place.
Amy Schumer wore Alexander Wang to her first Met Gala while the salmon colouring looks amazing against her skin tone, I don’t think the cut was particularly flattering to her. Again I feel she’s another one that didn’t really understand the theme.