Hey gorgeous! The Met Gala may mark the grand opening of the New York’s Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, but it’s known for its red carpet fashion way more than anything else. This year, the theme for the Met Gala was ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’. Interpretation ensued. The red carpet dresses ranged from metallic robot dresses to Emma Watson’s gown made out of recycled plastic to a glow-in-the-dark gown.
Lots of celebrities (and their stylists) interpreted the theme to mean futuristic fashion in terms of metallic dresses inspired by robots. For me, fashion in the age of technology is about how the latest technology has affected fashion – the way we fabricate it as well as the way we use it. Like creating styles in couture that weren’t possible with hand-making. Or fabrics or embroideries. Or more practical fashion that blurs lines between couture and ready-to-wear that’s fit for the women of the ‘age of technology’.
And while everyone’s talking about the best dresses, and who followed the theme and not, I’m thinking cut and style! And because I’m always more interested in what’s trending, let’s take a look at the top types of dresses and gowns at Met Gala 2016:
My favorite type this year at Met Gala was the trumpet-shaped gown which was designed like a cascade. Here’s Bella Hadid’s strapless black gown:
Blake Lively’s goddess gown in pink and off-white is sooo gorgeous!
Sheath gowns were one of the most common types of dresses at the Met Gala 2016. The straight cut makes for a modern design, and I’m loving it too!
Fashion at red carpet events are always criticized for being Disney princess-ey, and I guess owing to this year’s tech-y theme, we barely saw any poofy dresses and ball gowns. But yet, here are some!
Claire Danes wore a glow-in-the-dark Cinderella gown!
The latest mermaid gowns in 2016 are sheath dresses with a train. It was actually the most worn type of gown at the Met Gala 2016 – at least amongst out favorite gowns!
Mini dresses are my least favorite type of dresses to wear to the red carpet. But let’s include them in this list anyway!
So which type of dress did you like the most at Met Gala 2016? Which celebrity did you think was the best dressed and which one the least well-dressed? Lemme know! Comment below!
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]