Waiting with anticipation for May! An insightful exhibition focusing on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion will stage at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exciting theme dubbed “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” will exhibit over 100 pieces of fashion, both haute couture and ready-to-wear. (Dezeen, 2016)

The juxtaposition between handmade and machine-made designs will be showcased, revealing new technologies such as laser cutting, thermo shaping, and circular knitting. (L’Officiel, 2016)

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Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Fall 2013

Hussein Chalayan, Spring 2007

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, 1963 – 1968 haute couture

Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, Autumn Winter 2005 haute couture

Yves Saint Laurent, Autumn Winter 1969 – 1970 haute couture

Iris van Herpen | Dress, fall/winter 2013–14

Iris van Herpen, Spring Summer 2010 haute couture

Hussein Chalayan, Autumn Winter 2011

Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, Autumn Winter 2015

Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, Autumn Winter 2014 haute couture

Commenting on the intriguing exhibition of artisan and tech, curator of the Costume Institute Andrew Bolton states;

“Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made,” explains Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute. “But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.” — Andrew Bolton (Vogue,2016)

References

Dezeen (16/2/16) Met Museum [Online] Available at http://Http://www.dezeen.com/2016/02/16/manus-x-machina-fashion-age-technology-digital-exhibition-metropolitan-museum-art-new-york/ [Accessed 27/2/16]

L’Officiel (2015) Sneak Peek: The MET Costume Institute’s ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’ [Online] Available at http://Http://www.lofficielmalaysia.com/680/sneak-peek-the-met-costume-institute-manus-x-machina-fashion-in-an-age-of-technology [Accessed 27/2/16]

Met Museum (2016) Manus x Machina:

Fashion in an Age of Technology [Online] Available at http://Http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/press-room/exhibitions/2015/manus-x-machina [Accessed 27/2/16]

Vogue (2016) The 2016 Met Gala Theme Is Announced! Fashion in an Age of Technology [Online] Available at http://Http://www.vogue.com/13360232/met-gala-2016-theme/ [Accessed 27/2/16]