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Costume Institute Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology Preview

I attended the press preview on May 2nd for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2016 exhibition, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.  The exhibit explores how designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear and will be on view from May 5 through August 14.

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Photo by Alice Chin

“Fashion and technology are inextricably connected, more so now than ever before,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met. “It is therefore timely to examine the roles that the handmade and the machine-made have played in the creative process. This exhibition proposes a new view in which the hand and the machine, often presented as oppositional, are mutual and equal protagonists.”

I was really surprised that some pieces from from the early 20th century were made by machine.  On the other hand, there were some spectacular handmade pieces that looked like they were machine made.  The evening dresses by Mariano Fortuny were made 1932 and were hand-pleated and hand sewn.  I can only imagine the amount of time it took to make the piece.

Wedding ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture, back view; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Wedding ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture, back view; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Wedding ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture, back view; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection.  Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Upper Level Gallery View: Embroidery © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Upper Level Gallery View: Embroidery © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Upper Level Gallery View: Embroidery © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

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Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Flying Saucer” Dress, Issey Miyake (Japanese, born 1938) for Miyake Design Studio (Japanese, founded 1970), spring/summer 1994 prêt-à-porter ; Courtesy of The Miyake Issey Foundation

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Enter a caption“Flying Saucer” Dress, Issey Miyake (Japanese, born 1938) for Miyake Design Studio (Japanese, founded 1970), spring/summer 1994 prêt-à-porter ; Courtesy of The Miyake Issey Foundation.  Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

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