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How tech played out on the Met Gala red carpet

Cracking the "Manus x Machina" dress code.

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Some Met Galas have themes that make dressing for the red carpet pretty literal: Punk, China, superheroes. “Manus x Machina: Fashion In an Age of Technology” is … loose. The exhibit itself explores the evolution of dressmaking from handmade (manus) to machine made (machina), and all the different ways the two can work together. It’s the “How Stuff Works” of Costume Institute exhibits. How, then, is someone supposed to dress for that?

“Tech white tie” was the dress code assigned by the invitation — still wholly unclear — and left to the interpretation of the guests. Most gala attendees went with a general retrofuture feel in shiny looks resembling liquid metal, bodices that outlined the bust like robotic chest armor, even more literal robot references, latex-like fabric and more than one count of silvery hair. Tech accessory of the night goes straight to Mr. Orlando Bloom, who wore a Tamagotchi on his suit jacket.

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