The Met Gala or The Met Ball is a major fundraising gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. It is the start of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibit. As one of the most exclusive social events of the year, celebrities and artists from all walks of life gather in formal dress of the years theme.This year's theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology; many costumes, dresses, and accessories alluding to the metallic nature of technology but still had the softness of the human touch and construction - truly blending man and machine.From ball gowns to frocks, The Met Gala is known for the most cutting edge styles of the year. Each year is more and more innovative and this year is no different. Star work with world renowned designers and artists to create custom pieces to fit the theme. Zoe Saldana definitely took the train of the year (from Rihanna wearing Guo Pei's creation last year). Her gorgeous peacock like train covered in different fabrics and feathers definitely stole the show. Claire Danes wore the genius creation of Zac Posen and Marchesa - the Cinderella of ballgowns lit up with fiber optics and 30 battery packs. Though not visible in normal light, the dress beautifully glows in the dark. Designer Zac Posen showed off his creation in his workshop on Instagram, showing the creative process behind it. Balmain/Olivier Rousteing - another huge designer of many creations on the Met red carpet. He supplied the geometric, metallic, and unique bodycon pieces for stars like Jourdan Dunn, Kylie Jenner, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kim Kardashian, and Cindy Crawford. By combining metallics and mesh,the illusion of metal can be softened. The Balmain army of supermodels did not disappoint. The Smith kids always make a statement where ever they go. These fashionable teens arrived at the Met gala in structured menswear inspired get ups from fashion houses Chanel and Louis Vuitton. No doubt always a stand out sibling pair, Willow and Jaden came prepared with meticulously designed and constructed pieces. Blake Lively took the more human touch in her gown this year with a flowing blush colored Burberry piece. According to the brand, the dress was made of "blush pink silk organza, accented with hand-dyed and sewn perspex petals."(Cosmopolitan Magazine) Emma Watson has grown into one of the leading voices in our generation. She made a statement to only wear sustainable fashion on the red carpet and the Met gala is no exception. Her dress is a 3 piece collection actually made of a bustier, pants, and a skirt/train. Each piece being able to be worn separately on many different occasions. This dress was made of a fabric made from 100 percent post-consumer plastic bottles. The inner bustier uses organic cotton; the lining is organic silk; and the zippers contain recycled materials. In the age of technology, fashion can evolve into great things, including "the Cognitive Dress" designed by Marchesa and controlled by IBM's artificial intelligence, cognitive computer Watson. The 150 connected LED flowers have the capability to change based on emotions. Designers chose 5 different emotions to display: joy, patience, excitement, encouragement, and curiosity and from there IBM uses the Cognitive Color Tool, a program that uses color psychology, to match emotion to hues. Watson was able to use the tones in tweets hash-tagged with #metgala and #cognitivedress to change the color palettes of the flowers. Theses were just a few of the many gowns displayed at the Met Gala this year, if you had a favorite, let us know what it is!
The Met Gala Fashions 2016!