Fierce Fashion: Zac Posen
Fashion designer Zac Posen stepped it up a quite few notches with his incredible Cinderella ball gown. He created it for Claire Danes to wear to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 2016, last night.
This year’s theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” In daylight the dress was just your average awe inspiring drop dead masterpiece of a classic elegant gown, but when the lights dimmed, it morphed into a living breathing art piece, shimmering and glowing with loveliness. Floating in reds, pinks and blues against the whites like a bioluminescent deep sea jellyfish, it was a surreal fairy tale come true. Posen sourced the fiber optic woven organza in the dress from France, and there are 30 mini battery packs sewn into the gown’s understructure.
“I went through a sequence of stages throughout the process of draping this gown, playing with motion and structure to capture the emotional engineering. The gown is hollow underneath with no tulle – holding its own structure,” he said.
View the short videos on Zac’s Instagram here, to get the whole effect!
Zac also worked with Google’s initiative, Made with Code, which helps get more young girls interested in computer science, to create a show-stopping dress which was later worn by Star Wars star Lupita Nyong’o.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit is a black-tie extravaganza held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute (a.k.a. the fashion department), the only one of the Met’s curatorial departments that has to fund itself. Unofficially, Monday night’s festivities in New York have been called many things, including “the party of the year,” “the Oscars of the East Coast” (mostly because of the star quotient and the elaborate red carpet, in which guests pose on the grand entrance stairs to the museum) and, somewhat pointedly, “an A.T.M. for the Met,” by the publicist Paul Wilmot.
The publicist Eleanor Lambert started the gala in 1948 as a typical philanthropic endeavor for the great and good of New York society. Pat Buckley, the wife of the conservative pundit William F. Buckley Jr., took over as chairwoman in 1979, but it has morphed into its current form only since the turn of the millennium. Anna Wintour now oversees every detail, down to timed entrances for guests.
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