What Does Manus x Machina Mean?

by Lindsey Rose Black

The Met Gala always manages to find a particularly cutting-edge and curious theme, and 2016 is absolutely no exception with Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology. But if you're wondering, "What does Manus x Machina mean?" I've got you covered! As a student of Latin for eight freaking years plus a hardcore pop culture enthusiast, I feel pretty qualified to tackle this question.

First, let me nerd out on you. "Manus" literally translates to "hand" in Latin, but also figuratively stands for the power of humans over other beings. "Machina," means, "machine," but technology in general more broadly speaking. Put those two together and you have the power of humans and machines coming together to create something new... like insane 3D-printed dresses.

As for how this all translate to the 2016 MET Gala, Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met, told The Culture Concept, "The aim of the show is to reveal how fashion and technology are inextricably connected, more so now than ever before ... It is therefore timely to examine the roles that the handmade and the machine-made have played in the creative process."

Below are a few sneak previews of what the full exhibit where "hand" and "tech" collide will feature!

1. This Crazy Chicken Dress

It kind of scares me, but I can't look away...

2. A Regal Stunner

Cue Lorde's "Royals."

3. Stunner Detail Work

It's like all the fractal feels.

4. Stacks On Stacks

Can you imagine wearing these?

5. Space Age Cray

This looks kind of uncomfortable, but amazing.