The Met Gala, That Dress, and Fibre Fashion
From Taylor Swift to Beyoncé, celebrities and fashion enthusiasts from around the world flocked to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Institute in NYC yesterday to support the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. The Met Gala celebrates the theme of that year’s exhibition, which sets the tone for the fashion choices each guest will make that night. This year’s theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology”, so it’s not surprising that we saw a lot of metallic outfits, geometric shapes, and Kanye West sporting robotic-looking contacts. Weird.
Of course, if there was an award given to the person who best reflected the theme of the night, it would go to Claire Danes and her stunning gown designed by Zac Posen.
In the bright lights of the red carpet area, the blue dress looked classically elegant, giving us all kinds of Cinderella vibes. But the dress was more than what it seemed! Just as Cinderella changed into a beautiful princess, so Danes’ dress itself changed into a glowing, luminescent display when the lights went down.
The ingenious secret of the dress is that the material is actually fibre-optic woven organza, and sewn into all its layers are about 30 mini-battery packs to keep it lit. The result is a celestial, sparkling dream-gown that any young girl that wants to be a princess would swoon over. I know I did (check out the instavid below!).
As a telecom that sells Fibre Internet, we know all too well about the benefits of fibre optic technology. It’s faster, more efficient, more reliable, and more durable. What we don’t often talk about is the potential beauty of it. The thin tubes of light are perfect for something like a dress, which would need to be both light-weight, and light-ed! What I want to know is does that dress get 100 Gbps? Sorry, bad telecom joke.
How refreshing it is that the celebrity buzz didn’t go to the usual attention-seekers (I’m looking at you, Lady Gaga!) who either need to wear something revealing or other-worldly to make us gasp. Instead, Claire Danes stole the show by letting the beauty of technology shine, literally. Zac Posen’s dress reminds us that technology can be infused everywhere, not only to make our lives more efficient, but to make them a little more beautiful too!