The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala, better known as the Met Gala, the fashion industry’s most pivotal event of the year, arrived Monday evening. This year’s exhibition is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” The evening’s event on the first Monday of May is a glamourous arena for high fashion, and one in which the museum’s exhibitions and sartorial choices of the designers and attendees are given equal weight in the wider world.
The choices made each year at the Met Gala have a ripple effect across the industry and the culture at large as they establish and confirm the future of fashion. Which is all to say that the red carpet arrivals are as iconic as the exhibition itself. The following are our favourite red carpet looks for this year’s exhibition, which encompasses Part I of a two-part series of the Met Gala 2016.
Amber Heard in a custom Ralph Lauren silk-charmeuse evening dress with a thigh high slit. The long, flowing gold gown cinches in a delicate twisted knot at the waistline.
Claire Danes in a Zac Posen powder-blue light-up ballgown with structural bodice. Danes and Posen perfectly encapsulated the futuristic, technology-incorporated fashion theme for the night.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw in custom Gabriela Hearst in ivory with beaded morse code trim that say “love.”
Blake Lively in a custom Burberry caped gown. The gown is blush pink silk organza, accented with hand-dyed and sewn perspex petals.
Karolina Kurkova in a custom gown named the “Cognitive Dress,” created in partnership by Marchesa and IBM. The white gown is filled with LED lights that change color based on Kurkova’s emotions.
Zoe Saldana in a Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda bustier gown wrapped in tulle with a silk organza skirt embellished with multi-colored feathers.
Liberty Ross in a vintage Galliano gown and a headpiece by Stephen Jones Millinery.
Rita Ora in a custom Vera Wang platinum trumpet silhouette gown with intricately hand-placed sculptural metallic feathers and contouring cutaway accents.
Emily Ratajkowski in an Atelier Prabal Gurung jet and pearl silk bias cut gown with hand draped back and hand cut glass crystals.
Zoe Kravitz in a Valentino sleeveless gown featuring large wing-like bows in the back and lacy black mask, both from the Fall/Winter 2010 Haute Couture Collection, and open-toed black stiletto heels that also included a lacy embellishment.
Bella Hadid in a Givenchy Haute Couture Essentials by Riccardo Tisci outfit that featured a large plush train.
Jennifer Hudson in her custom H&M creation with 3-D beading and a 4-foot train.
The future of fashion has arrived.