As every year,the most waited red carpet after the Oscar’s one, has kept millions of us glued to the phone from Monday evening – because of course you have to look at it even the day after to make sure you didn’t miss anything. Quick summary for those who are still asking what is it.
Every first Monday of May is held the famous Met Gala,the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit – hosted this year by Anna Wintour, chairwoman of the Gala since ever, Jonathan Ive, chief design officer of Apple, Taylor Swift and the actor Idris Elba – an event to raise money for the Costume Institute, the only section of the museum that has to provide for itself. Aside therefore be an “ATM for the MET,” as dubbed by publicist Paul Wilmot, it is, for the only part known to us mere mortals, a long and glittering catwalk of clothes, designers and stars.
The event usually marks the opening of the spring exhibition of the Costume Institute, which usually represents the theme of the evening. Guests are not required to dress accordingly but encouraged to do so. Which brings me to the reason why I write today, even though it’s been two days ago already and despite I don’t usually talk about red carpet.
The Costume Institute spring exhibit this time is “Manus x Machina – Fashion in an age of technology” , which aims to show how fashion designers have reconciled over the handmade with machine-made in creating haute couture and avant-garde pret-a-porter. The invention of the sewing machine has often looked to handmade with a special consideration compared to the mass production and many times the two techniques have been seen as irreconcilable, the Costume Institute stands as the aim to show how the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) have worked / collaborated during the 20th century until today making us reflect on the distinction and the relationship between them. As described in the overview of the exhibition the exhibit halls
“… a series of rooms based on traditional métiers of the haute couture, including embroidery, featherwork, artificial flowers, pleating, lacework, and leatherwork, Which will be presented alongside versions That incorporated innovative processes, such as 3D printing, computer modeling , bonding and laminating, laser cutting, and ultrasonic welding. “
Now, back to the red carpet, of course everyone has interpreted the theme of the evening in its own way but we can definitely notice a general lack of imagination. Let’s raise a glass to those who have worn the technology, literally, the everybody-talked-about-her Claire Danes with a
Cinderella dress designed by Zac Posen made with optical fiber woven into the organza that glowed in the dark (impressive !!) and Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa with a cognitive LED-studded dress that shone reflecting the emotions of the fans analizing their tweets (brilliant !!). Another toast to those who care for the planet, Emma Watson for Calvin Klein and Michelle Monaghan in Rosie Assoulin who have made an excellent use of technology wearing beer cans and plastic bottles recycled (well done !!).
As for the others of course there have been sensational dresses Atelier Versace did not disappoint by playing with different and original materials (Kate Hudson, Lady Gaga and Zayn) but beside few “pearls” the general idea was to play with metallic fabrics, laminate, silver and gold in a huge parade that seemed to be a theme party inspired by Metropolis (Lang, 1927). In short, a little more commitment would have been appreciated.
As far as I’m concerned, of all the outfit that I adored, the winner is the tiny moth Zoe Kravitz, materials, inspiration, creativity (especially creativity), elegance and lightness. Seeing is believing.