So who else out there is stalking Vogue’s home page tonight to see all of the Met Ball fashions? For anyone who doesn’t know, the Met Gala is an annual fundraising event hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. It’s super exclusive, fancy and the fashion is off the charts. Each year has a theme that goes along with the fashion exhibition displayed inside the museum. Tons of designers, editors, stylists, models and celebrities all come out (if they’re invited) in the finest couture to walk the museum’s red carpet. The theme this year, which I must admit I’m not too crazy about, is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”. The exhibition will “focus on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion” and guests are encouraged to do the same when choosing an outfit.
Personally, I find the constant need to scrutinize, analyze and dissect technology’s influence on fashion (and everything for that matter) completely exhausting. I understand that yes, technology has an increasing influence on future of clothing production (i.e. 3-D printing) and tech accessories have a growing presence in fashion collections (i.e. Dolce & Gabbana headphones & phone cases), but do we need a whole Met Ball dedicated to this inevitable truths? For me, the romanticism of hand sewn craftsmanship will always be far more appealing than the mystery of a high-tech mechanical future. But, as Anna Wintour has always maintained, fashion must reflect the time in which it exists, which is precisely what I think this year’s theme is trying to accomplish.
While we wait for the everyone to arrive and the gowns to be posted, enjoy this photo of Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee Shaffer from tonight and make sure to stay on Vogue’s website for the latest updates on all of the Met Ball fashion.