Lady Gaga attends the “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Steffi basically just threw on something in her closet and managed to hit the theme of the Met Gala better than half the attendees.* We might’ve dinged her for the apparent lack of effort, but it kind of tickles us that her personal style happens to be exactly on point for the event. Why mess with success? Go with what works.
*Now comes our semi-daily reminder that the theme of the Met Gala isn’t a dress code. No one is required to dress to the theme. This tends to come up every year (partially fueled by our tendency to focus more on the theme-based ensembles). We repeat: No one has to dress according to the theme and we don’t really mind when most people didn’t try because the theme is fairly hard to parse. People keep reducing it down to some sort of sci-fi or tech thing, possibly because “Manus x Machina” sounds like “Man vs. Machine.” That’s not it. It’s about the history of haute couture (which is traditionally all hand made) and how various technological advancements have impacted it. It’s about the techniques used to make the garments. In Gaga’s case, she’s clearly referencing the “machine” aspect of the theme with her motherboard-inspired jacket, but she’s also theme-appropriate because she’s displaying a range of construction techniques and textiles in her ensemble and a willingness to take her fashion to more extreme levels than the average red carpet denizen.
Atelier Versace Ensemble Featuring Crystal-Embellished Bodysuit and Jacket
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