So. Many. Sequins. Whether you caught the Met Gala red carpet on E! News or glanced at the Met Gala story on Snapchat, you know fashion industry professionals and celebrities last night.
For those of you who don’t know, the Met Gala is an event hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the first Monday in May. The gala raises money for The Costume Institute, the only department of the museum that is responsible for its own funding, according to the New York Times.
Each year’s theme coordinates with the museum’s spring exhibit, this year being “Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology.” Manus x Machinca references the dichotomy between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) in the role of creating garments. Curator in Charge at The Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, wants the exhibit to show people how both man and machine have contributed and continue to contribute to the creation of fashion in varying ways. There are 150 ensembles on display ranging from the early 20th century to present.
“The intent is to slow down the fashion system, people are so preoccupied by the next thing that there’s a lack of appreciation for the making of fashion,” said Bolton in a video on the Met Museum website.
The advent of the sewing machine drastically sped up how garments are constructed. Handmade garments tend to have the connotations of being better quality, however with the vast array of possibilities technology brings such as laser-cutting or 3D printing. That may not be the case anymore.
“Sometimes a garment that has been machine-made actually has more hours spent on it, is more luxurious than doing it by hand,” said Bolton.
Many of the gala attendees gave a nod to the “Machina” portion of the theme by sporting sleek metallic looks. From Balmain to Chanel and Atelier Versace to Tommy Hilfiger, sequins stole the spotlight, literally.
While sequins are great, the actual use of technology on the red carpet was astonishing. Karolina Kurkova wore a Marchesa gown that responded to tweets. The tiny flowers on the gown lit up varying colors based on what people were saying about the dress. Claire Danes’, Cinderella-like Zac Posen dress may have looked like a simple, pale blue ball gown, but when the lights went down, fiber optics lit the dress up like a starry night.
Here are Moda’s favorite sequin, high-tech and just plain gorgeous moments on the Met Gala 2016 red carpet.
Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa
The first ever Twitter-savy gown. Kurkova joked with E! News that her battery pack kept her warm.
Beyoncé in Givenchy
Only Queen B could make latex elegant. Her look was finished off perfectly with a dramatic green-blue smokey eye.
Willow Smith in Chanel & Jayden Smith in Louis Vuitton
Coordinating color palette, two different designers and two unstoppable siblings.
Alexa Chung in Thakoon
This jumpsuit is just begging to be danced in.
Claire Danes in Zac Posen
Beautiful, classic gown in the light. Glow-in-the-dark fiber optic dream in the dark.
Jared Leto in Gucci
Tail-coat and cane because…Met Gala.
Miranda Kerr in Louis Vuitton
Futuristic doesn’t always have to be shiny. The random, printed ruffle seems out of place, but the rest of this color-blocked two-piece ensemble is killing it.
Amandla Stenberg in Calvin Klein Collection
Silver headpiece. Yes. Three-piece, ruby satin suit. Yes.
Kristen Stewart in Chanel
Cool. Edgy. Chic. Shoe-game strong.
Alessandra Ambrosio in Balmain
Where’s the Balmain Army draft sign-up? We want in.
Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler
Mirror, mirror on the wall.
Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton
Sleek punk? We’re into it.
Tyga in Balmain
Switching out the traditional tux for a sequin jacket. Style points for Tyga.
Rachel McAdams in Valentino
Enchanting yet futuristic all at once.
Nick Jonas in Topman
Love the metallic navy. Not to mention, he helped design it!
Bella Hadid in Givenchy
All-black, over-the-knee boots and fur for spring. A bold move, but it paid off.
Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
How to rock a white gown and not look like a bride.
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection
Who knew electric green could look good? Not to mention her epic, quad-stacked bun that wouldn’t fit in the frame.
Jourdan Dunn in Balmain
So. Many. Sequins. And a gunmetal bob that is to die for.
Rita Ora in Vera Wang
Forget the Black Swan, the Silver Swan has arrived.
Zendaya in Michael Kors Collection
Good fit goes a long way.
Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
Just your average ethereal moon goddess attire for a Monday night.
Naomi Campbell in Cavalli Couture
Here’s hoping we can still look this good in cut-outs at the age of 45.
Kendall Jenner in Atelier Versace
The silhouette and lines the graphics create are just beautiful.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West in Balmain
Silver, curve hugging gown and slicked back hair from Kim…predictable. Sequin denim jacket and jeans on the red carpet (oh and pale blue contacts) from Kanye… “Vibes,” as he put it. Moda agrees, vibes indeed.