The 2016 Met Gala red carpet: Fashion meets technology at star-studded soirée

From chainmail gowns to Madonna's butt, the Met Gala red carpet saw more than its fair share of head-turning looks this year. Replay our live blog to see how the who's who of fashion and entertainment interpreted "Manus x Machina."

See who wore what (and how) to the ultra-glam fashion fundraiser in our 2016 Met Gala blog

The party of the year in New York City is not for the hoi polloi 7:03

Didn't score an invitation to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute gala last night? That's OK; neither did anyone else who isn't fashion royalty or (at the very least) Rihanna-level famous.

The Met Gala is, by and large, the most exclusive party of the year in New York City, one that requires a personal invitation approved by Vogue's Anna Wintour to attend, regardless of whether you can afford a $30,000 US ticket.

Some call it "the Super Bowl of fashion," or "fashion prom," while publicist Paul Wilmot refers to the event as "an ATM for the Met." With more than $12.5 million raised for the museum's Costume Institute last year alone, he's not entirely wrong.

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      Still, "the Oscars of fashion" is what you'll hear most in discussions about the Met Gala, because in some ways it is — minus the actual award show part, and with wilder couture outfits.

      Co-chaired by Wintour, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, and Apple's chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, the theme of this year's gala was more about looking forward than looking back upon the Costume Institute's roughly 35,000 pieces spanning seven centuries of fashion.

      They called it "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" a theme that some guests took more literally than others.

      From chainmail gowns to Madonna's butt, the red carpet saw saw more than its fair share of head-turning looks this year. Replay our live blog below to see more of how celebrities, style icons, politicians and tycoons interpreted the 2016 Met Gala's futuristic theme.

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      Lauren O'Neil covers internet culture, digital trends and the social media beat for CBC News. You can get in touch with her on Twitter at @laurenonizzle.


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