MANUS X MACHINA : FASHION IN AN AGE OF TECHNOLOGY

It is always exciting to see The Costume Institute exhibition at Met every year in Spring.  For those of you who cannot visit either because you live far away or just don’t have time go, I’m posting a lot of photos for you to enjoy!  The exhibition is about reconciling the handmade and the machine-made a.k.a Manus X Machina in the creation of haute couture and ready to wear.  Throughout the whole exhibition my eyes pop out of my head, it was just STUNNING with beautiful embroidery, feather work, pleating, 3-D print art, and so on.  I absolutely loved every pieces.

This gorgeous dress is the center piece of exhibition. By Karl Lagerfeld from Chanel this wedding dress was designed and made with glass, crystals, paillettes, anthracite cannetilles, and gold leather leaf motifs. The medallion is super long that just covers the entire room. The design on the medallion was manipulated to give it the appearance of a randomized, pixelated baroque pattern.  

House of Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld

House of Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld

House of Dior by Raf Simons

House of Dior by Raf Simons

Prada by Miuccia Prada

Prada by Miuccia Prada

Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs / Chanel Patrimoline Collection by Karl Lagerfeld

Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs / Chanel Patrimoline Collection by Karl Lagerfeld

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

These dresses are just mind blowing pieces. They are Machine-sewn silk-wool gazar with hand-embroidered plastic drinking straws.  Really! They are drinking STRAWS cut by hand. 

Now ready for feather work?

Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton

Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton

Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen

These dresses are Machine-sewn black cotton twill, hand-painted with gray and purple polyurethane resin and iron filings, hand-sculpted with magnets.

Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere

Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere

Madame Gres / Iris van Herpen

Madame Gres / Iris van Herpen

Issey Miyake dresses were amazing with innovative pleating technique in paper.

And... now introducing 3-D printing

ThreeAsFour

ThreeAsFour

Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen

Paco Rabanne / Valentino dress

Paco Rabanne / Valentino dress

Comme Des Garcons

Comme Des Garcons

Comme Des Garcons / Pierre Cardin

Comme Des Garcons / Pierre Cardin

These are one of my favorite pieces by Noa Raviv. Of course there are a lot more interesting pieces but I am sharing the ones I like the most.  

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