It’s been a week since the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted its Met Ball, their exclusive, annual fund raising event.
And I’m still thinking about it.
Organized by media conglomerate Conde Nast’s Anna Wintour (pictured right), the gala is attended by A-list celebrities, models, and fashion moguls. Hand chosen by Ms. Wintour herself, the event’s guests are encouraged to dress according to the year’s theme, resulting in awesome, spectacular attire that celebrates of the art of fashion.
I never really paid much attention to the specifics of the Met Ball. Other than scanning the red carpet pictures as a way to zone out and kill 10 minutes of the work day, I didn’t know anything about it.
Last Wednesday, I was browsing on Instagram, my time killer platform of choice, and came across this picture of Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid, two up and coming models:
I couldn’t stop staring at that dude’s metal arms. It looks likes he’s wearing armor! He looks like he's attending a Sci-Fi themed cosplay event, not a high society event.
I clicked on #MetBall and my mind started reeling. It was everywhere. Metal, metal, and more metal! The Sci-Fi writer in me was jumping for joy! The gowns, the tuxes, the accessories, everything looked so futuristic! I was lovingeveryminuteofit and I just had to know what was going on with this Met Ball thing, and why everyone was dressed so sensationally.
This year, the theme of the event was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, (also an exhibit at the Met, on display through August 14th) and the guests certainly came to impress. The evening’s little darlings were actress Claire Danes and designer Zac Posen because this:
Turned into this:
Her dress is LITERALLY GLOWING. This is Hunger Games fashion but IN REAL LIFE.
Zac and his team sewed LED lights and battery packs into the lining of dress, then overlaid it with almost-transparent Gossamer (fabric) from France to keep it as light as possible. Truly a blending of fashion and technology!
The Met Ball sure is a BIG DEAL publicity wise, but Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts opened a similar exhibit, nearly two months earlier. #techstyle “explores how the synergy between fashion and technology is not only changing the way designers design, but also the way people interact with their clothing” and is currently being shown through July 10th. One piece on display, is the Kinematic Petals Dress, a short, red, sleeveless dress created by a 3-D printer.
Now that I’ve been exposed to this technology theme in fashion, I’m seeing tech inspired apparel EVERYWHERE. I spotted the Pac-Man heels (pictured at the beginning of this article) and these items below, at two different boutique shops at the Wynn Las Vegas, this past weekend.
And like I said, I. Am. LOVINGEVERYMINUTEOFIT.
Sci-Fi Fashion, aka Tech Style, has become my new obsession. I’m not sure I can pull off EVERYTHING the designer gods dream up…but I KNOW I would ROCK those Pac-Man pumps.
Let's hope this trend sticks around for a little while.