Manus x Machina

Lena Dunham and friends dress up in gender-bending outfits for 2016 Met Gala

The annual Met Gala took place on Monday night in New York City. The 2016 edition of the star-studded extravaganza explored the theme of “Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which tied in with the Costume Institute’s “Manus x Machina” exhibit — or clothes that were made by hand versus outfits made by machine. This year’s theme inspired a host of futuristic outfits, but perhaps the most interesting look was the most simple one, sported by Lena Dunham and her Girls co-creator, Jenni Konner. The pair, along with J. Crew creative director and president Jenna Lyons, opted not for elaborate dresses, but J.Crew-inspired menswear. They each sported black tuxedos, but their outfits each had a feminine touch, as PEOPLE points out, that included high-heels and blouses with plunging necklines. All three wore black, thick-framed glasses — spectacles that would be hipster-certified, no doubt. Is the future of fashion genderless?

Many of the other big names who were on hand wore dresses, and some of them were very big — looking at you Zoe Saldana — and others were on the tiny side — hello, Lady Gaga. Have a look at some of the red carpet looks that caught our eye, and be sure to check out Beyonce’s gown to see why it was the most-searched for dress on Google this year. Also, while virtually everyone who attended the ball wore futuristic attire, Madonna appears to have reached back into the past for her outfit and showed up wearing one of her stage costumes from 1990’s Blond Ambition tour. Or maybe the future of fashion is the past.

Read the full story at PEOPLE and NBC.

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