My impressions after the Met Gala: Fashion in the Age of Technology – still to come

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This year’s Met Gala was an event I have anticipated since the announcement of the theme Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology. It was about time for the fashion industry to react to what’s going on in the world, that is to say, the attack of hardware, software, and the Internet in its broadest sense.

I’m writing this article in a cafe in the center of beautiful and sunny Cracow, about an 8-hour flight away from New York. I’ve only seen online photos and videos of both the red carpet and the exhibit. I’ve also read articles concerning the Met Gala, including the two most interesting ones on wearable.com and BoF.

Although BoF inquired into the origins of the exhibit and contacted the organizers and guests, when comparing the two articles, I feel my views are closer to what I read on wearable.com. Don’t get me wrong. Of course, it’s great that the organizers went back to fashion history and gave a broad outline of the work of the designers who were the pioneers in using new technologies in this industry, but both the exhibit (as far as I know) and the red carpet had little in common with the theme and what it promised. Or it had a little in common with what it meant for me.

New technologies on the red carpet

Of course, I really liked many of the red carpet dresses; Taylor Swift, Nicole Kidman, Brie Larson, Miranda Kerr, Rachel McAdams, Florence, Katy Perry, Alexa Chung, Kate Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Doutzen Kroez, Kate Mara, Kate Borworth, Emma Roberts, and Poppy Delavigne are my favorites when it comes to the cut. These are beautiful dresses which I would like to have in my own wardrobe. And that’s it. The interpretation of the theme by the stars and their stylists was interesting – disturbing and narrowing the theme down to robots; silver and heavy. I had the impression that some of the stars were wearing armor (some versions were pretty, others… not so much).

Apart from the beautiful looks, there was ALMOST nothing interesting on the red carpet. For me, the most memorable dress was Zac Posen’s design for Claire Danes. A beautiful gown, which in lights looked like the ice-colored dress of a European princess, and in the dark turned out to be woven from fairy dust (small LED lights); an unforgettable dress.

The second dress corresponding to the Met Ball theme was the Marchesa x IBM dress worn by Karolina Kurkova – Cognitive Dress. It was a mixture of traditional hand-made tailoring, 3D printing, LED technologies, and data analysis provided by Watson Analytics. Also a work of art.
Will.I.Am also appeared at the Met Ball dressed adequately for the occasion. At least, according to WIRED, there was an AneedA, a “device-agnostic virtual assistant”, stitched into his floral decorated suit. He may not end up on the best-dressed list, but it was a big up for introducing wearables to a gala event.

What was happening at the exhibit?

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