Fashion and technology became inseparable on the runways this past year, with all the excitement culminating in last week’s MET gala. This year’s theme — Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology — called for futuristic fashion.
A few dresses that included technology were real stunners at the MET gala, these are exciting times for MakeFashion, to see fashion technology becoming a little more mainstream. Here are a few of our favorite looks from the MET Gala. Let us know your favorites too – comment below!
#1 Claire Danes and Bloom
Claire Danes looked breathtaking in a Cinderella-worthy, one-of-a kind Zac Posen gown that was the epitome of the intersection of fashion, technology, and pure magic. Made of custom fiber optic woven organza with 30 mini battery packs sewn into a lining that transformed into an illuminated masterpiece in the dark.
It reminds us of “Bloom”. Designed and constructed by Kyle Nylund back in 2014, the dress featured blown glass by Shawn Ayerst, and was brought to light by Tony Grimes. Essentially, ‘Bloom’ is a mixed media wearable sculpture that combines glass, fabric, fiber optic fabric, wire and LED lights.
#2: Liu Wen & Obscure Shadow
Vogue readers chose Liu Wen as the “most elegant” in her disco-friendly silver dress from Iris Van Herpen. The dress featured a netted train that looked sleek yet magical on her lithe frame. MakeFashion’s Obscure Shadow dress by matt LaPrairie and Hazel Brandeth evoked a similar feeling with its ethereal train and embellished silver bodice.
#3: Blake Lively & Virtually Vogue 4.0
Vogue readers also loved Blake Lively’s strapless custom pink and red Burberry gown. We loved a similar MakeFashion look: Wedding Dress 4.0 by Catherine Larose and Maria Hoover from MakeFashion Week in Xiamen, Fujian, China. Both dresses were strapless with skirts made from gauzy layered panels covered in flowers, with Wedding Dress being a showstopper in a deep shade of crimson.
#4: Anna Kendrick & Shooting Star
Anna Kendrick was stunning in a bold, form-fitting deep royal blue gown by Derek Lam that had a laser-cut design. Emulating Anna’s sophisticated look in the same deep royal blue was MakeFashion’s Shooting Star Dress by Kenzie Housego, Stacey Morgan, and Sophia Amin at Fashion Week in Xiamen, China. This dress had the laser cut detail and a v-back instead of a v-neck in front.
#5) Lady Gaga and Erina Kashihara
Lady Gaga’s after-party dress was reminiscent of a shimmering disco ball. The singer rocked a one-shoulder dress embellished with mirror fragments. While MakeFashion’s Jewel Labyrinth by Erina Kashihara was missing the big puffed sleeve, both were stunning pieces in an edgier silvery grey with embellishments. Both dresses are nipped in to the waist. Jewel Labyrinth was inspired by kaleidoscopes and geometry, and its jewel-like LED panels changed color. Kashihara’s 2016 MakeFashion Light Mode Art garments had similar geometric influences as well.