Spring Met Ball 2016: Manus x Machina

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The fashion and celebrity wold was abuzz only a few days ago, due to one of the most prestigious and fashion forward regarded events of the year, the Met Ball Gala- hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute to raise funds for the institute. Today I decided not to narrow my favourite looks from the evening, as there were too many interesting and gorgeous pieces to choose from, but instead make something a little more creative for you. Before we go on, let's talk about the theme of the night!

As quoted from the Met Museum website:

With more than 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition will address the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production.
Emanating from this presentation will be 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 incorporate innovative processes, such as 3D printing, computer modeling, bonding and laminating, laser cutting, and ultrasonic welding. 


So basically, the theme is about haute couture and avant-garde fashion and its transition from the early 20th century assisted by the hand (before the Industrial Revolution when clothes were hand made and mended) and machine (after the Industrial Revolution when fashion became more mass produced).

After reading into this, I hereby present my informal and less avant garde version of Manux x Machina- blending both traditional and modern processes of fashion production.

Here I've used mainly futuristic elements, such as the monotone colours of khaki, grey, silver and black with the ribbed design top, clear glasses and leather skirt. However, I've added traditional elements too, such as a quilted bag, lace up heels, faux feather cardigan and buttons and zips as shown on the skirt. This way, I've tried to incorporate a futuristic theme from a glance, but once you delve in deeper, you start to notice a lot of traditional fashion techniques used to emulate that feel.

How will you incorporate the new futuristic trend? Metallic skirts? Futuristic accessories? Let me know!

xxx HML

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