There’s no denying that the Met Gala is one fashion event worth clearing your calendar for. If it’s not for the most glamorous gowns you’ve ever laid eyes on, it’s for the super star-studded guestlist and the all-round lavish affair that ensues. So, to be given the honour of chairing the event is pretty big news; and this year, it’s songstress Taylor Swift who has taken the gold.
Alongside Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Idris Elba and Apple’s Jonathan Ive, Tay Tay will join the already impressive A-list squad to co-chair the event. Karl Lagerfeld, Nicholas Ghesquiere and Miuccia Prada, meanwhile, will all act as honorary chairs.
And there’s more news. The Met Gala celebrates the opening of the latest major fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York, while the event follows a theme in relation to that.
But for 2016, it’s not the usual style era, designer or culture we’ll be getting, it’s “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”, an exploration of the dichotomy between haute couture and machine-made fashion.
Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute explains: “Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-a-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made. But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and the techniques of the other.”
The exhibition itself will feature more than 100 pieces of fashion as well as ‘in process’ workshops showcasing technology such as 3D printing.
Back to Swifty. Given her and boyfriend Calvin Harris’ recent run-in with the press, the news couldn’t have come at a better time. Following rumours they had split, Harris took to Twitter to threaten certain titles with legal action for “all these bullshit stories”. Now, we can’t help but feel that Tay’s Met Gala announcement will come as a welcome distraction to all the gossip.