Manus x Machina – Fascinating New Met Exhibition Opens Soon!


  

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                                                Chanel haute couture fall/winter 2014/15

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is hard at work completing this spring’s exhibition: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”

                                                                    

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                                         Iris van Herpen haute couture fall/winter 2013/14

The Robert Lehman Wing Galleries on the Museum’s first, and ground, floors will feature this fascinating 150 ensemble exploration into how designers are reconciling hand (manus) and machine (machina) made into haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. Looks range from an 1880s Charles Worth gown to a 2015 Chanel suit.

            

                                                                  Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Nicholas Alan Cope

                                                Iris van Herpen haute couture fall/winter 2014

“What all of these examples reveal is that the hand and the machine work in tandem in the creation of fashion for haute couture or ready-to-wear. By attempting to unravel as well as to reconcile the oppositional relationship between the hand and the machine, the exhibition intends to advance a new paradigm for fashion which is more germane to our age of technology,” Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of the Costume Institute, told WWD at the exhibition’s special preview in February.

   

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                                          Yves Saint Laurent haute couture fall/winter 1969-70

Exclusive merchandise inspired by the exhibition will be available for purchase at the Fifth Avenue main floor store, and focuses on small, lightweight items that retail for less than $500 – however Flowen’s $3,950 ENDO clutch is sure to be a popular buy! Other hot items include a range of Issey Miyake bags, a Maison Martin Margiela magnifying glass, a Noa Raviv silk scarf, Junko Koshino handbags, and a silk chiffon Alexander McQueen scarf.

This exhibition runs from May 5 to August 14, 2016


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