Reduce, Reuse, Red Carpet
Each year, the Met Gala gives celebrities and designers a chance to use their creativity and put their imagination to the test, celebrating varied and fanciful themes that have the toast of society showing off their fashion, sometimes bizarre, sometimes other-worldly, on the steps of the New York City landmark.
The theme of the 2016 Met Gala was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which at face value hoped to explore the intersection of and distinction between the hand and the machine, invoking the revolution of mass production begun by the invention of the sewing machine at the start of the 19th century.
Stars and designers interpreted the theme in myriad ways, from how clothing materials were gathered or made, to a heavy abundance of futuristic metallic getups, to inherently technological dresses, such as the luminescent Zac Posen gown worn by Claire Danes.
Yet one celebrity that truly left her mark on the red carpet was Emma Watson of Harry Potter and human rights fame, who stunned in a unique Calvin Klein dress that told a much more powerful story than what met the eye.
If you think Emma Watson looked like garbage in her dress, you just might be right. Here’s why.
The Early Years
When she first rose to international fame after landing the role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films back in 1999, who could have known what an intelligent, graceful, and impactful young woman Emma Watson would become?
More recently, the now-25-year-old has devoted herself to activism, specifically in the realms of human rights and women’s rights. Appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, Watson is especially dedicated to women’s education and the HeForShe movement, a feminist campaign that advocates for gender equality.
At the age of 19, the actress traveled to Bangladesh where she met a female factory worker who changed Emma’s perspective on living and working conditions for women across the world. Following this exchange, she became more interested in something you may not have heard much about but should expect to see gain momentum in the coming years: sustainable fashion.