The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the theme for next year’s Met Gala and corresponding exhibition: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” Per Vogue, “The upcoming exhibition will focus on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion.” Andrew Bolton, curator of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, says: “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 will demonstrate the man versus machine dichotomy by displaying traditional handiwork, such as embroidery, pleating, and lacework, alongside machine-made designs, which incorporate laser cutting, thermo shaping, and circular knitting. The exhibit will also have several “in process” workshops, including 3-D printing, in which the public will be able to see these designs take shape.
Vogue has also announced that the 2016 Met Gala – fashion’s biggest night of the year – will take place on Monday, May 2 and will be hosted by co-chairs Idris Elba, Jonathan Ive, Taylor Swift, and Anna Wintour. Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada will serve as honorary chairs. The gala and accompanying exhibition will be sponsored by Apple.