The Met in New York is something everyone should experience once in their lifetimes at least. We were lucky enough to catch the Manus x Machina exhibit when we were there. It was an overwhelmingly intense experience that began with the fact that we could pay what we could. Treated with dignity and respect, citizens who cannot afford the recommended price of $25 US dollars are asked how much they would like to pay. The Museum is well worth the$25 but we were just going to see this one exhibit so we paid $10 each. What incredible value for money, this Museum will leave you speechless.
Dior’s, Givenchy, McQueen, Chanel and a dozen iconic designers are featured in this exhibit. The masterpiece of the show is the Dior wedding Gown created in scuba type fabric with a 20 foot train, exquisitely hand-embroidered. Dresses made from drinking straws, feathers and some even 3d printed. Each and every gown or piece is showcased to perfection with a musical background composed specifically for the show.
This if from the Museum’s website:
The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.
With more than 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition (Manus X Machina) addresses the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. It explores this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and questions the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.
The Robert Lehman Wing galleries, on the Museum’s first floor and ground level, have been transformed into a building-within-a-building using white scrims. The space houses a series of case studies in which haute couture and ready-to-wear ensembles are decoded to reveal their hand/machine DNA. A 2014 haute couture wedding dress by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel with a 20-foot train occupies a central cocoon, with details of its embroidery projected onto the domed ceiling. The scuba knit ensemble, one of the inspirations for the exhibition, stands as a superlative example of the confluence between the handmade and the machine-made–the pattern on the train was hand-painted with gold metallic pigment, machine-printed with rhinestones, and hand-embroidered with pearls and gemstones.
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