Manus&Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
This year the Met Gala topic focused around the role of manual and machine work in the creation of dresses haute couture. Metropolitan Museum of Art organized an exhibition of Manus&Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, dedicated to the dresses created as craftsmen and machines.
The exhibition features more than 120 exhibits, including works by Coco Chanel, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Christian Dior, Miuccia Prada and Karl Lagerfeld. Visitors can see futuristic dress from Iris Van Herp and classic Chanel tweed suits.
«I think what the exhibition tries to address are those symbolic associations of the hand and the machine. Sometimes employing the machine is more time consuming and more expensive than the hand.The majority of pieces in the exhibitions are an amalgam of the hand and the machine. It is very rare to have a garment in which the hand and the machine is completely absent, whether it is haute couture or ready to wear», — said Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute.
«Encyclopédie», written in the mid-eighteenth century, published by Denis Diderot was the main source of inspiration during placing the exhibition Manus&Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Like the encyclopedia, the exhibition is divided into 6 sections: embroidery, feathers, artificial flowers, lace, leather, pleating, tailoring and dressmaking.
The first exhibit, which opens the exhibition — neoprene wedding dress by Karl Lagerfeld from the show Haute Couture Spring 2014. Designer designed it specifically for the model Ashley Good
Next, visitors can see the dresses from Raf Simons for Dior, work of Martin Margiela, Iris van Herpen, John Galliano, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent and other designers. Total exhibition includes costumes, created throughout the twentieth century.
«I have really focused on designers who have had a history of trying reconcile the hand and the machine in their design process, and who deliberately make it part of their process. Wearable technology is something I am very ambivalent about. I think the biggest problem with wearable tech is the aesthetics of it and the fact that it is really just there as a gimmick, as opposed to something that has a realistic application in terms of fashion», — shared Andrew Bolton.
The exhibition runs until the end of August.