The 2016 Met Gala rocketed past us in a flurry of excitement, glamour, and stunning futuristic fashion. This year's theme — based on the theme of the Met Costume Institute's fashion exhibit running from May 5 to Aug. 14 — was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Although the theme sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, the Met Museum describes the exhibit's theme as exploring, "...how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear." The exhibition is all about showcasing avant-garde machine and hand processes from the birth of haute couture in the 19th Century, up to the present day.
Of course, the Met Gala is a fashion forward ball after all, so this theme was taken with a pinch of salt and pushed to the extreme. Ethereal robotic fashion was everywhere. Co-host Taylor Swift wore a silver, scaly, cut-out dress resembling a Mother of Dragons, Emma Watson's eco-friendly Met Gala dress was made from sustainable materials including recycled plastic bottles, and Claire Danes' glowing gown looked like something a space age Cinderella would wear to the ball. The fashion was phenomenal this year.
So if you want to look totally out of this world too, here are some sci-fi pieces you can wear to look like the most fashionable gal in the universe... Or at least the most stylish space babe on your next night out.
1. The Taylor Swift Style
Women's Feather Edged Metallic Silver Dress, $44.50, axparisusa.com
Channel Taylor Swift in this silver scaly number that has a glam feathered hem.
2. The Vampy Dress
Asos Curve Red Carpet Allure Beaded Dress With Mesh Panel, $195, asos.com
Add some va-va-voom to futuristic fashion in a glittering dress with see-through side panels.
3. The Pink Sparkling Dress
Boutique Rosie Embellished Bodycon Dress, $70, boohoo.com
Space age fashion doesn't all have to give off an edgy aura. This sparkly, pink dress looks to the future while putting a softer spin on sci-fi style.
4. The Nude Dress
Plus Size Embellished Dress Nude, $204, missguidedus.com
This nude dress with a plunging neckline with help you bring a foxy feel to futuristic fashion.
5. The Beaded Chic Dress
Asos Red Carpet Floral Placed Embellished Bugle Bead Midi Dress, $162, asos.com
When it comes to technology, the color white and metallic shades are often used to portray cutting edge gadgets. The same color scheme is used here to lend a fashion forward appeal to this sophisticated midi.
6. The Silver Sheath Dress
Plus Size Metallic Sheath Dress, $22.90, forever21.com
Sometimes less is more, so don't over complicate things and keep your look simple with a cyber silver sheath dress.
7. The Dazzling Shift Dress
Alluring Electricity Dress, $49.99, modcloth.com
Turn some heads as you strut your stuff in this sequin patterned shift.
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8. The Decadent Dragon-Esque Dress
Asos Red Carpet Embellished Deep Plunge Mini Bodycon Dress, $243, asos.com
Take this trend to another level by flaunting an intricately detailed, enrapturing reptilian dress.
9. The Demure Slip
Metallic Slip Dress By Boutique, $180, topshop.com
If you're not into the razzle dazzle side of this trend, opt for a modest silver slip dress instead.
10. The Contemporary Co-ords
When you've tired of wearing dresses all the time, or you're just not a fan of wearing dresses, an embellished co-ord set could be the way to go.
11. The Diamond Dress
Asos Curve Red Carpet Shift Dress With Diamond Embellishment, $162, asos.com
The diamond patterned embellishment gives this dress an industrial, hard edge which is reminiscent of spaceships and tech.
12. The Celestial Mini
Premium Embellished Mesh Cut Out Mini Dress Silver, $204, missguidedus.com
Channel Britney Spears in "Toxic" while simultaneously looking like you're covered in star dust.
13. The Space Babe Bodysuit
Cara Mesh Keyhole Back L/S Body, $20, boohoo.com
Come over all Leeloo in The Fifth Element by pairing this bodysuit with a white PU skater skirt or wet look leggings.
14. The Galactic Warrior Outfit
Lily Wrap Bodysuit & Mesh Skirt Co-ord Set, $35, boohoo.com
Go faux high fashion in this eclectic set that looks like something one of the Kardashian/Jenner gals would wear.
15. The Elegant Midi
Simply Be Metallic Twist Side Midi Dress, $89.99, simplybe.com
To inject a dash of space glamor into your wardrobe, pick a subtly glittering midi like this olive green style.
Look to the stars – in the sky and on earth – and keep the 2016 Met Gala fashion theme alive with these futuristic pieces.
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