2016 Met Gala theme announced: Fashion in an Age of Technology

The theme of next year's annual Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute exhibition has been announced. 

Emma Akbareian
Wednesday 14 October 2015 12:08 BST
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The annual Met Gala is one of the biggest events on the fashion calendar - often described as the Oscars of the fashion world. Following this year's China: Through The Looking Glass theme, the 2016 exhibition has just been announced.

Manus x Machine: Fashion in the Age of Technology is the official title for the 2016 exhibition which will open with a the gala event on Monday May 2nd.

The exhibition will explore the two distinct worlds of traditional handmade haute couture and the advent of technology with machine-made fashion.

The exhibition's curator Andrew Bolton spoke to Vogue.com explaining:

"Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made. But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.”

The exhibition is said to include over 100 pieces, some hand-made others ready-to-wear. They'll also be more innovative displays including workshops demonstrating newer techniques such as 3D printing.

The gala event also announced it's 2016 hosts; Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Miuccia Prada, Karl Lagerfeld and Nicolas Ghesquiere will all co-chair the event. Apple's chief designer Jonathan Ive will also join them with Apple sponsoring the 2016 event.

The museum is no doubt hoping to follow-up the success of the 2015 China theme with visitor numbers coming in at 815,000, beating the Costume Institute's previous most popular exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2011 which attracted 661,000 visitors.

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