Apple to sponsor 2016 Met Gala, CDO Jony Ive to host as cochair

14 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Idris Elba, Taylor Swift among chairs for Met Gala in May.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Tuesday, Oct. 13, that the theme for the Met Gala 2016 is all about the future. Next year’s Met Gala theme will be “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” where hand-made and machine-made couture will collide, Vogue announced Tuesday. Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton explained that these days it’s hard to tell the difference between handmade couture and ready to wear (or machine-made) garments, thanks to the wonders of technology. “This distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other,” he said in the announcement.

Honorary chairs will be Nicolas Ghesquiere, the French fashion designer and creative director at Louis Vuitton, and fellow designers Karl Lagerfeld and Miuccia Prada. The Costume Institute’s annual exhibit (which is kicked off by the gala) will “focus on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion,” Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute, told Vogue. After walking the red carpet, the two let off some steam by dancing around with Dean Martin’s “Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)” playing in the background.

The exhibit will highlight more than 100 pieces and combine handmade techniques, such as embroidery and pleating, along with Silicon Valley contradictions of laser-cutting and circular knitting, reported Vogue. “In process” workshops will also show museum goers how the designs are made. News that the pair also spent most of their time with Karlie Kloss. “My first Met Gala,” Gomez shared after the unforgettable evening. “I felt like a princess who totally downed an entire pizza after. It will explore the influence of the invention of the sewing machine in the 19th century, bringing on distinctions between machine-made and handmade at the onset of mass production. Among the designers whose work will be included: Christopher Bailey, Alber Elbaz, John Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Paco Rabanne, Pierre Cardin, Noa Raviv and Alexander Wang, in addition to Ghesquiere, Lagerfeld and Prada.

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