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Fashion (mostly) missed the point of its tech-inspired Met Gala

Engadget Engadget 3/05/2016 Edgar Alvarez
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Since 1946, the Met Gala has hosted the biggest names in fashion and entertainment. While the prestigious event acts as a fundraiser for The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, it's also a chance for A-listers from different industries to model the latest fashion trends. This year's event, which was sponsored by Apple, took inspiration from a new exhibition at The Met called Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which uses more than 100 garments to illustrate how design techniques have evolved over the years.

With that in mind, some Met Gala attendees -- each hand-picked by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour -- attempted to incorporate tech into their outfit for the evening. Claire Danes, for instance, wore a long blue gown that lit up in the dark, while supermodel Karolina Kurkova donned an LED-powered smart dress designed by fashion house Marchesa and IBM. But they weren't the only ones to go along with the theme: Katy Perry, Zayn Malik and a few others did so as well. Apple's Chief Design Officer Jony Ive was there too, but he went for a minimalist suit.

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