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Sarah Jessica Parker defends Met Gala outfit

Sarah Jessica Parker doesn't mind everyone having an opinion on her chosen outfit for this year's Met Gala.

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has defended the outfit she wore to this year's Met Ball, explaining she went into "exhaustive detail" to understand the theme.

The annual event took place in New York on Monday (02May16), and this year the theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which left some designers and celebrity guests vexed.

Style darling Sarah Jessica's choice of outfit split the fashion critics, with some far from impressed by the off-white cropped trouser suit with matching bodice by Monse.

But during an appearance on The View on Wednesday (04May16), Jessica attempted to explain why she picked the look.

"I research it and I go to exhaustive detail to understand the meaning of the theme," she insisted. "The world is such a place now where everyone has an opinion and isn’t that wonderful we live in a democracy, and it isn't a great way to spend our time trying to worry about what people say or try to fix it or make it feel better. It's perfectly alright."

Her comments follow an article in T Magazine, in which the actress and fashionista explained how she found this year's event more challenging than previous years, and that it took her a while to finalise how she was going to tackle it.

"It wasn't as straightforward as past themes, like the era of punk in fashion or examining Chinese culture in fashion," she wrote. "What is technology? And what does it mean when applied to fashion? We didn't want to simply apply lights and actual, physical technology on me. We didn't want it to be about the electronic screen or something that could turn on and off. We wanted it to be about the technology of thought, of application, of fabrication. The technology of the hand and the machine."

Jessica's 'lightbulb moment' came after watching hit Broadway musical Hamilton, which follows the story of America's founding fathers.

Monse designer Fernando Garcia took her idea and introduced her to Brooklyn embellishment artists at Le Studio Anthost, who take the idea of old-fashioned couture embroidery and, with technology, apply it to fabrications using paint.

"It was the perfect marriage of technology and the hand of man," she concluded. "Together, we were able to really collaborate and meticulously look at the period and redefine what it was that we were trying to achieve."

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