The Met Gala 2016 Red Carpet Looks – Metropolitan Museum of Art Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, or Met gala 2016, is a black-tie extravaganza held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute. Tickets for this event are $30,000 apiece, and tables are $275,000 but not just anyone can attend. The Met gala is invitation-only, and there is a waiting list to get on the invitation list. Anna Wintour, chairwoman of the gala, has final say over every invitation and attendee.
This year, the exhibit is Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Attendees don’t have to dress like the exhibition but it is encouraged. Guests invited to the gala by a brand are expected to wear clothes from that brand. This year, Louis Vuitton was an honorary chair so many celebrities wore LV to the gala. It was interesting to see that designer Nicolas Ghesquiere decided not to dress stars such as Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez in long gowns as is customary for the met gala. His take on modern formal attire consisted of shorter dresses, exposed leather vest, and combat boots.
Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton
Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton
Balmain stayed true to the technology theme of the evening and its brand by incorporating heavily embellished column gowns with cutouts, silvers, and metallics.
Kim Kardashian in Balmain at the Met Gala 2016
Alessandra Ambrosio in Balmain
Kylie Jenner in Balmain
Other notable looks of the night were Kendall in a stunning Atelier Versace gown with Lorraine Schwartz statement rings and Lupita, who went all out with an unexpected updo and shimmery sea foam green gown.
Kendall Jenner in Atelier Versace at the Met Gala 2016
Kendall Jenner in Lorraine Schwartz at the Met Gala 2016
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein at the Met Gala 2016
Some designers really embraced the theme and took it to the next level. Marchesa teamed up with IBM’s cognitive computer Watson and created the “Cognitive Dress.” The gown was embroidered with 150 LED flowers that changed color according to what people were saying on social media at the time. Zac Posen created every girl’s dream fairy tale dress with a powder-blue light up ball gown. The fiber-optic woven organza really made the dress stand out in the night.
Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa at the Met Gala 2016
Claire Danes in Zac Posen at the Met Gala 2016
Real Life Cinderella
Check out all the looks from the Met Gala 2016 on Vogue.com