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Decoding The Met Ball Fashion Robots: The Pop Culture Behind The Outfits

We try to figure out the genesis behind the Met Ball 'fashion'.

The Met Ball is an annual fundraising gala in which Anna Wintour invites the trendiest celebrities of the year to attend, then charges them about $10,000 for a ticket. It’s always interesting because there is a lot of pressure on these celebrities to look fashion forward and strange enough that they impress Anna and get invited back, but not so strange that someone makes a meme about them. It is a fine line.

“Impress me or perish.”

Famous, beautiful people make mistakes, just like you! So when they’re told that the theme of the event this year is ‘Manus x Machina’ and that they have to dress technology-y, they panic. You have to look simultaneously futuristic and cutting edge, but also pretty, because it’s a very fancy event.

Judging by some of the looks this year, a bunch of famouses just looked at the Sci-Fi/Fantasy tab on iTunes and tried desperately to recreate whatever tech-y character they saw first. Lest you be left out of the internet conversation, here is a guess at their thought processes:

RoboCop + Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones + Gigi Hadid telling him that he’s not allowed to dress full robot = Zayn Malik

The Fifth Element + Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl (maybe she got lost on iTunes) + Anna Wintour telling her that she needed to change her look = Taylor Swift

Metropolis + White Walkers from Game of Thrones + the god-given confidence that allows you to wear jeans to the Met Gala = Kim and Kanye

Pan’s Labyrinth + Fawkes the phoenix from Harry Potter + being mad that people in America still don’t know who she is = Rita Ora

Zorro + Geordi from Star Trek + wanting to start a hat trend like Pharrell, but ultimately just being bad at clothes = Will.I.Am

The Hunger Games + Maleficent + someone who keeps telling her that her wigs are really good, mostly to amuse themselves = Katy Perry

Pris from Blade RunnerTomb Raider + tears of her enemies = Beyonce´

Cinderella the animated movie + Cinderella the live-action movie + the advent of electricity = Clare Danes

 A Clockwork Orange + nightmares = Jared Leto

Rich people, huh?