Black Magic At The #MetGala: Manus X Machina

The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the MetBall, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. This year, the event was held on May 2nd and was cleverly themed “Manus X Machina”, a name referencing fashion in the age of technology and innovation. Beyonce, Zendaya, GuGu Mbatha Raw and many more showed up to the event in stunning fashions that made their melanin the envy of the evening. The event was hosted by co-chairs Idris Elba, Jonathan Ive, Taylor Swift, and Anna Wintour. Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada served as honorary chairs, and the gala and accompanying exhibition was sponsored by Apple.

Misty Copeland: In a cut-on-the-bias, dove-gray dress by Jason Wu and Tiffany & Co. diamonds.

Amandla Stenberg: In her “Afro Futurism” ensemble- a shiny red Calvin Klein crop top suit and silver Jennifer Fisher choker.

Lupita Nyong’o: In a sequined jade dress by Calvin Klein Collection with velvet straps.


Zoe KravitzIn a Valentino Haute Couture ensemble, complete with a lace headpiece and a giant bow on the back.

Zoe Saldana: In a Stefano and Domenico creation for Dolce & Gabbana feathered extra dramatic frock.


Naomi CampbellIn a black silk lace crop top and skirt combo by Roberto Cavalli by Peter Dundas.

Solange: In a lemon yellow design by David Laport

Beyonce: In peach-colored Latex Givenchy gown complete with puffed sleeves and beaded embroidery which required the help of her trusty stylist, Ty Hunter.

Aja Naomi King: In a Prabal Gurung gown and Le Vian jewels. 

Zendaya: Walked the red carpet with Michael Kors while rocking a custom Michael Kors gown and Jorge Adeler rings. 

Cynthia Erivo: In a mixed print look by Coach and a Roger Vivier clutch.


Shameik Moore (Dope) with his castmates from the forthcoming Baz Luhrmann Netflix musical The Get Down. From left: Moore, Justice Smith, Herizen F. Guardiola in a perfect kelly green gown, Tremaine Browne Jr. 


Sophie Okonedo


Danai Gurira

Naomie Harris: In a Burberry Metallic Jacquard Gown with Plunging Neckline and Hourglass Silhouette, Messika Jewelry, & Christian Louboutin Sandals

Jaden Smith: in a Louis Vuitton ensemble, donning a black vest with raised, tubular white trim for a futuristic flair, paired with down-to-earth, cuffed trousers. Willow Smith in: Chanel’s Couture Fall 2015 Couture collection, wearing high-waisted cropped trousers and a speckled oversize coat with pin-adorned lapels, as well as a matching strapless top for a shoulder-baring effect.

Nicki Minaj: In custom Moschino by Jeremy Scott

FKA Twigs: is wearing a sheer nude Atelier Versace gown with chain details and a nude & silver leather harness with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

Lala Anthony:  in a plunging gown in varying shades of red by Nicolas Jebran.

Idris Elba: in Tom Ford

Kanye West: In a Balmain Silver Embellished Jacket and Jeans

Trevor Noah, Nas, Michael B. Jordan, Wiz Khalifa, and The Weeknd



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