Met Gala 2016: Fashion and Technology

As you may be aware it was the Met Gala on Monday (2nd May). For this years gala the theme was rather futuristic to celebrate the new exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. This exhibition explores how technology has and continues to to shape the fashion industry.

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A LED dress designed by Marchesa

Future apparel or wearable technology has been something that has always caught my attention especially since my degree had a large part focused on this particular area. For my degree project I focused on researching microencapsulation which is a form of wearable technology that involves treating fabrics with micro capsules that release either a scent or moisturiser. Another area of wearable technology that catches my eye is the LED lighting in garments, it turns simple clothing into something magical.

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Emma Watson’s dress was designed in collaboration with Calvin Klein and made purely with sustainable fabrics and sustainable methods

Wearable technology doesn’t just come in the shape of LED lighting. It can also include garments that have been made completely with sustainable methods including eco friendly fabrics and zero waste pattern cutting. It can also include fabrics that innovative or original, a bit like Beyonce’s dress she wore a fully latex dress to the Met Gala. Not that latex is a new material for making garments with but it is the first time I’ve seen a dress made to this aesthetic and quality.

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Claire Danes dress was designed by Zac Posen and was made with fibre optic fabrics

While looking through coverage of the event I was really excited to see heavy weight designers tackle some of this wearable technology because as of late it has only really been specialised companies that have shown is these possibilities. This event has shown is that we are even closer to wearing this technology on a regular basis.

I was so happy seeing the designs that walked down the red carpet. I hope this post gets you interested in this area of the fashion industry and gets you researching a  little more into it.

See you soon!

Stephanie

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