Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What’s the Theme of the 2016 Met Ball?

Are you ready to get really, really excited? Luxe Models has learned that Vogue recently announced the theme for the 2016 Met Ball!

Event of the season

The film industry has the OSCARs. The music industry has the GRAMMY’s. The TV industry has the EMMY’S. The fashion industry has the Met Ball, an annual fundraising gala hosted by the iconic Vogue Magazine. OK it’s not an awards ceremony but it’s the fashion event of the season.

The event, which is organised by legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, has a theme every year. Last year’s theme was ‘China: Through the Looking Glass,’ and it was an absolute smash. It prompted a number of oriental-inspired creations including Rihanna’s over—sized, elaborately-patterned yellow frock, which (almost) had a longer train the Princess Diana’s wedding dress!

2016 Met Ball

Now we know the theme of the 2016 Met Ball. Here’s a clue; it’s sponsored by Apple, one of the largest tech firms in the world. Still no idea? The Independent reported that the theme of the 2016 Met Ball, and the exhibition the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute will hold after, will be ‘Manus x Machine: Fashion in the Age of Technology.’ 

Met Ball Luxe Models

We also know who’s going to host the event. According to Vogue global superstars such as Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Miuccia Prada, Karl Lagerfeld and Nicolas Ghesquiere will all co-chair the gala. As Apple is sponsoring the ball, they’ll be joined by the global tech firm's chief designer, Jonathan Ive.

Age of Technology

Meanwhile, the exhibition will explore the tradition of handmade haute couture and the advent of technology with machine-made fashion. The showcase will feature over 100 hand-made and ready to wear costumes, along with more innovative displays such as workshops designed to explain newer fashion production techniques such as 3D-printing. 

Commenting on the exhibition its curator, Andrew Bolton, said: "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.”

Get excited

See why we said you’d get really, really excited? With the theme Manus x Machine: Fashion in the Age of Technology, the 2016 Met Ball is set to light the world of fashion on fire. Its accompanying exhibition, meanwhile, will provide us with a fascinating exploration of how technology and style have evolved together throughout modern history. 

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