Met Gala Reveals Its Futuristic Theme for 2016: Technology Vs. Fashion — Plus, Find Out Taylor Swift’s Role

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Taylor Swift is revealed to be a co-chair of the Met Gala 2016, plus find out the theme  Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Tuesday, Oct. 13, that the theme for the Met Gala 2016 is all about the future. According to Vogue, the gala will be themed Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology and the star-studded NYC event will take place on May 2, 2016.

The Costume Institute’s annual exhibit (which is kicked off by the gala) will “focus on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion,” Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute, told Vogue.

Taylor Swift, as well as Idris Elba, have been announced as co-chairs, along with Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Apple’s chief design officer Jonathan Ive, and designers Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquiere, and Miuccia Prada.

Idris Elba
Idris Elba Frazer Harrison/Getty Images


“Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made,” Bolton added to Vogue. “But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.” 

Last year’s theme was China: Through the Looking Glass.

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