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April 29, 2016

The MET Gala – what do we know about it?

The MET Gala is one of the most (if not THE most) glamorous events of the year. In a few days time, on the 2nd May, New York’s Metropolitan Museum Of Art will once again open its doors for this year’s annual MET Gala 2016.

The MET Gala – what do we know about it?

Formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, it is an annual fundraising event held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ Costume Institute in New York City. Each year the theme of the event is based on that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, and is meant to celebrate its opening. The theme of this year is Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology. The upcoming exhibition will focus on the differences between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion. “The show will feature more than 100 pieces of fashion, both haute couture and ready-to-wear. Several handmade couture items, featuring techniques such as embroidery, pleating, and lacework, will be juxtaposed with machine-made designs showcasing new technologies like laser cutting, thermo shaping, and circular knitting. The exhibition will also have several “in process” workshops, including 3-D printing, in which the public will be able to see these designs take shape.” – Vogue.

Read the full list of the MET Gala themes for the last 20 years below, or see the best dressed from the last year’s MET Gala here.

And if you also like themed parties, take a look at our Great Gatsby style dresses. And for the major fashion exhibitions happening in London, read this blog post.

The MET Gala themes:

1995: Haute Couture
1996: Christian Dior
1997: Gianni Versace
1998: Cubism and Fashion
1999: Rock Style
2000: No gala presented
2001: Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years
2003: Goddess: The Classical Mode
2004: Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century
2005: The House of Chanel
2006: AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion
2007: Poiret: King of Fashion 2008: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
2009: The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion
2010: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity
2011: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
2012: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture
2014: Charles James: Beyond Fashion
2015: China: Through the Looking Glass
2016: Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology


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