Friday, October 23, 2015

Met Gala 2016 {Manus x Machina}

The Met Gala is something I have been following since 2013. The Fashion round up is always fresh and more personal and I love what the celebrities choose every year. My post on the 2013 event was probably the best show I've seen so far. Ever since my transition into the gaming industry, I confess I've had lesser and lesser time to indulge in some good old fashion watching. so you can imagine my joy when when I read that the 2016 Met Gala is titled "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" and will be seen as a collaborative event between two giants- Vogue and Apple. Apple Design Chief Jony Ive will be serving as co-chair of the event.

Jony Ive, Ana Wintour, Andrew Bolton

Vogue reports "The upcoming exhibition will focus on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion. “Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made,” explains Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute. “But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.”

Apple's decision in 2014 to bring Angela Ahrendts (ex-Burberry CEO) as Apple's new SVP of Retail and Online Stores and it's sponsorship for the 2016 Gala and Costume Institute exhibition brings out Apple's core philosphy of combining great design in product ideation. Known for it's luxury branding and sophisticated products, Apple launched the Apple Watch, it's first wearable device this year, beinging in great potential for fashion to inspire technology driven projects. 

The new Apple Watch, in collaboration with Hermes

What's in store for us?
The show will feature more than 100 pieces of fashion, both haute couture and ready-to-wear. Several handmade couture items, featuring techniques such as embroidery, pleating, and lacework, will be juxtaposed with machine-made designs showcasing new technologies like laser cutting, thermo shaping, and circular knitting. The exhibition will also have several “in process” workshops, including 3-D printing, in which the public will be able to see these designs take shape.

The Met Gala will be held on May 2nd, 2016. in New York City. I am really excited to see what's coming!