Technological Fashion at the MET Gala

Two of the most influential merg together on one night


Image courtesy of Zac Posen’s official Instagram.

Sergio Lopez, Staff Writer

Celebrities across the world flock to the yearly fashion ball called the Met Gala. Each year is a new theme and, excitingly, this year’s theme involved technology. The gala took place May 2nd in New York City. For those who don’t know, the Met Ball is a fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

The theme was announced last year in October: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” The exhibition is supposed to focus on distinction between hand-crafted haute couture and machine-made fashion. The show featured 100 pieces of fashion, both Couture and Ready-To-Wear.

Many say that the met marked the marriage between technology and fashion. Celebrities walked the red carpet wearing gowns and garments by designers like Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Michael Kors, inspired by technology. The one designer that took the spotlight was Zac Posen with his muse Claire Danes. The gown was studded with 30 mini battery packs that were sewn into the dress, which powered the LED lights that lit up the dress.

Many designers today are creating partnerships between tech companies. The company behind Zac’s garment was female programmes via Google.

But, with the advancement in wearable tech, researchers wonder-can designers hamper the usage and efficiency of the technology by focusing too much on the appeal?