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The 2016 Met Gala Will Celebrate Fashion In An Age Of Technology

10/14/2015 04:45 EDT | Updated 10/14/2015 04:59 EDT

The 2016 Met gala (a.k.a. the Oscars of the fashion world) has revealed this year's theme along with its famous co-chairs.

‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’ is the theme for the 2016 Met Gala, the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition. The gala will focus on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion (think laser cutting, thermo shaping, circular knitting).

Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute, told Vogue:

"Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-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 techniques of the other.”

The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition will be “manus x machina: fashion in the age of technology." Presented in the Museum’s Robert Lehman Wing and Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition will explore the impact of new technology on fashion, and how designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. The exhibition, on view from May 5 to August 14, will feature more than 100 ensembles, dating from an 1880s Worth gown to a 2015 Chanel suit. Wedding dress, Karl Lagerfeld, (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), fall/winter 2014–15 haute couture, back view. Photo by Catwalking #metmuseum #manusxmachina #CostumeInstitute

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The exhibition is also set to have several "in process" workshops, including 3-D printing, which will be on public display.

The opening night of the exhibition, which will showcase more than 100 pieces of fashion, will take place on May 2nd in New York City and will feature honorary chairs Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada. The event will be hosted by co-chairs Idris Elba, Jonathan Ive, Taylor Swift and Anna Wintour.

Oh, and we forgot to mention: The accompanying exhibition will be sponsored by Apple. NBD.

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