If you are a fashion lover, you’re definitely familiar with The Met Gala- one of the year’s most highly anticipated red carpet events. The Met Gala, aka the Met Ball, is the annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fashion exhibit in their Costume Institute. For this year’s gala and exhibit, the theme is Manus x Machina- and showcases the differences between handmade (manus) and machine-made (machina) in haute couture and ready-to-wear.
While actors, actresses, models and socialites may have the opportunity to visit the exhibit on opening night, you can visit the exhibit for yourself now through August 14th at The Met. As you can see from the sneak peek into the exhibit from these pictures, it is an absolutely stunning exhibit and well worth the visit.
The exhibit features designs from the world’s best and most famous designers and design houses- like Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen (and Sarah Burton’s designs for the label), Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel (both Coco and Karl have pieces featured). The dresses range from the seriously most gorgeous vintage 1950’s Dior pieces, to recent runway pieces from Louis and Chanel. While it is extremely hard to have a favorite, I instantly fell in love with a dress that Yves Saint Laurent designed for Dior which was to me the perfect party dress and completely timeless though over 50 years old (see it in the last picture above). I also couldn’t help lusting over the pink and blue Prada dresses adorned with bows and floral details. You know how I love bows 😉
The featured piece of the collection is the wedding gown shown above- designed by none other than Karl Lagerfeld. If there ever was a dress for a royal wedding, this one and it’s gorgeous twenty-foot train is it! The twenty foot train on the gown helps to illustrate the Manus x Machina theme as the pattern on the train was hand-painted gold, followed by machine printing to add rhinestones and lastly, hand sewn with pearls.
If you are visiting New York between now and August 14th, you definitely have to visit The Met to see this truly breathtakingly beautiful exhibit! Oh, and take a page out of our book and visit the Roof Garden Bar on the top of The Met for a glass of rosé after!