You’re probably still dreaming about some of the flawless gowns from the 2015 Met Gala and chuckling about Sarah Jessica Parker‘s flaming hat, but it’s time to forget about all that because the theme for the 2016 Met Gala has been announced! The Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed that the theme for next year’s Met Ball is “Manus x Machine: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”
The title sounds a bit like the name for a new Terminator movie, but it is a very relevant and interesting theme. Andrew Bolton, the Curator of the Costume Institute told Vogue,
“Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made. But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.”
The exhibition will feature a mix of ready-to-wear pieces and haute couture. It will show the contrasts between traditional handmade techniques like embroidery and lacework with machine-made ones like laser cutting. There will also be workshops so you can see how different techniques are done, such as the very popular 3-D printing.
If you want even more reasons to be excited about the 2016 Met Gala, the co-chairs for the event are none other than Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, British designer and the Chief Design Officer of Apple Inc. Johnathan Ive, and of course Anna Wintour. The honorary co-chairs are designers Nicolas Ghesquière, Miuccia Prada, and Karl Lagerfeld—it looks like there were no hard feelings about him scheduling his Chanel fashion show on the same day as the Met Gala last year. The event is sponsored by Apple and it will take place on May 2, 2016, so mark that on your calendars now.
We have seen a lot of interesting Met Gala themes over the years from punk to superheros to ones that highlighted innovative designers, and this one will make for one interesting exhibition and event. Just think of the dresses! Katy Perry can wear her LED light-up dress she wore to the 2010 Met Gala again, and you just know there are going to be a bunch of people with 3-D dresses. And the famous Hussein Chalayan transforming dress has to be incorporated in the event somewhere accessorized with some high-tech heels.
Besides the innovative red carpet fashions, there are lots of other things to wonder about. Will Anna Wintour allow selfies at the event after attempting to ban it at the 2015 Met Gala given that the 2016 Met Gala is about, you know, technology? Maybe Apple will even unveil a fancy new iPhone at the event or at least a new version of the Apple Watch? Is someone actually going to try and make Google Glass look like a chic accessory? You can start speculating about that on what crazy price the tickets will be.