19 Feb Would love to see this!
Of course, there are many good design exhibitions and fashion shows around the world. We would like to see them all
But this one is special. It’s called “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” and explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.
It includes more than 120 ensembles, dating from an 1880s Worth gown to a 2015 Chanel suit, and it’s a window into the founding of the haute couture and the emergence of a distinction between the hand and machine at the onset of industrialization and mass production. And a window into the future of fashion, where traditional métiers of the haute couture, like embroidery, featherwork, pleating, lacework and leatherwork, will work more and more alongside innovative processes, such as 3D printing, circular knitting, computer modeling, laser cutting or ultrasonic welding, not to mention some surprising materials.
Definitely more than interesting.
You can see Manus x Machina in New York, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 5 – August 14.
Or, at least, you can keep an eye on it from a distance.
Official website: www.metmuseum.org
More information, photos and a preview video, here.
Photo: Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913). Wedding ensemble (back view), autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art / CHANEL Patrimoine Collection. Photograph © Nicholas Alan Cope