When we saw the strides that the fashion and tech industries had been making we knew it wasn’t going to stop at interchangeable designer wristbands for the Apple watch, or combined clutch cases for your phone. But that’s the thing about the crossroad that is fashion and tech- you never know what it will collectively have in store, but more often than not, the result is exciting.
According to an official press release from the office of the Metropolitan Museum, the Costume Institute’s 2016 theme and gala will be sponsored by Apple. No worries, you definitely read that right. “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” is the theme of next year’s extravagant event. The focus will be on the relationship between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion
The exhibit will house more than 100 pieces of couture and ready-to-wear items, and will replace more classical techniques like intricate embroidery and lacework with newer technologies such as laser cutting and thermo shaping. It will also feature “in process” workshops, including a 3-D printer on display while in use.
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Joining Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Jonathan Ive, and three of the most forward-thinking designers, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada will be none other than Taylor Swift.
The press release cites a quote from the Met’s CEO:
“Fashion and technology are inextricably connected, more so now than ever before. It is therefore timely to examine the roles that the handmade and the machine-made have played in the creative process. Often presented as oppositional, this exhibition proposes a new view in which the hand and the machine are mutual and equal protagonists.”
If you aren’t into the relationship between fashion and technology, or you just don’t believe it yet that the two worlds can intertwine, we think that next year’s Met Gala will have you thinking differently.