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Met Gala and Costume Institute Will Examine 3D Printing and Other Technology in Fashion

by • March 2, 2016 • No Comments

Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala [Image: Reuters/Lucas Jackson]

Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala [Image: Reuters/Lucas Jackson]

The Met Gala can be as close as America gets to a royal ball. Formally known as the Costume Institute Gala, the fundraiser for the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s expansive Costume Institute has been held each year since 1946. The exclusive event is attended by the largest names in style, arts, and entertainment – eachone who’s anyone is there, darling, and if you are lucky adequate to garner an invitation, you’d advantageous be looking impressive on the big night. Each year, the gala is given a theme around which the evening (and the institute’s showcased exhibition for the year) revolves, and guests are expected to dress to fit said theme. Some themes are clearer than others: 2013’s “punk couture” is fairly obvious, while 1971’s “Fashion Plate” theme was a bit, well, vague.

Regardless of the theme, the photos which come out of the Met Gala are as pleasant as the Oscars, if not additional so – particularly for us amateur style critics. This year’s theme, yet, has the future to generate a lot of informative discussion of additional than which celebrity looked the classiest vs. the one who looked like the largest loon. The 2016 Costume Institute Exhibit, along with the opening gala which can take place on Monday, May 2, has been given the theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” and can examine how modern style is being shaped by modern innovation – and vice versa.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty was the theme of the 2011 Met Gala [Image: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images]

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty was the theme of the 2011 Costume Institute Exhibition [Image: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images]

“Fashion and innovation are inextricably connected, additional so now than at any time before,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Met. “It is therefore timely to examine the roles which the handmade and the machine-made have played in the creative system. Often presented as oppositional, this exhibition proposes a new view in which the hand and the machine are mutual and equal protagonists.”


Maybe you will see a thing like these 3D printed shoes of Continuum Fashion.

The exhibition, which we briefly touched on last year when it was initially revealed, can showcase items made with traditional handmade crafting techniques like embroidery and lacework intermingled with smart wearables and machine-made creations. Expect to see a lot of 3D printed clothing and accessories, one of items made with other machined techniques like laser cutting, ultrasonic welding and circular knitting. I expect there can in addition be showcases on smart innovation and the Internet of Things, as well; it’s complex to talk of innovation in style without mentioning those. On the other end of the spectrum can be classically made pieces which include a gown dating back to the 1880s.

The exhibition itself, which can be open to the public of May 5 to August 15, can in addition showcase sat any timeal “in system” workshops, which include a 3D printing workshop in which guests can see initiallyhand how 3D printed clothing is made.

Unsurprisingly, Apple is sponsoring this year’s gala and exhibition; the tech giant has been really focused lately on not just wearable innovation but high-style wearable innovation. Take the Apple Watch, for example: it’s a small desktop you wear on your wrist, but it in addition doubles as a style statement with options which include eachthing of futuristic-looking bands to classic leather watches made by Hermès.

watchapple“Both the automated and handcrafted system need much like amounts of thoughtfulness and expertise,” said Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer. “There are instances where innovation is optimized, but ultimately it’s the amount of care put into the craftsmanship, whether it’s machine-made or hand-made, which transforms ordinary materials into a thing extraordinary.”

I don’t doubt which the exhibition can be extraordinary to see, and I’m thinking bringing a trip to New York sometime during its run – I may perfectly
love to see, in man, what goes into 3D printing a garment, if nothing else. All special exhibitions are free with general museum admission, which is $25 for adults, $12 for students, $17 for seniors 65 and up, and free for kids under 12 with accompanying adults. In the meantime, I’m may already getting excited for the style show in itself which is the Met Gala – I’m hoping there can be light-up clothing involved this year.