While fashion is one of the biggest industries, I can’t help but feeling that it’s a bit behind on embracing new technologies. The rules were always so clear – you have the fabric, the pattern and after it’s all sewn together you get the garment. The more hand work was put into it the higher the value of the garment was. At least the handmade aspect was super important in haute couture. Which direction will this go with all the new technologies being developed is quite an interesting questions. It is being explored in Met’s Manus x Machina Costume Institute Exhibition.
More than 100 pieces from haute couture and ready-to-wear collections will start the conversation about machine produced vs handmade in fashion. The exhibition is curated by Andrew Bolton and will open its doors on May 5th. “Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made, but recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other,” Bolton explains. Breathtaking pieces go as far back as the 1880s with Charles Frederick Worth gown, to Yves Saint Laurent pieces and Karl Lagerfeld’s designs for Chanel.
For more info on Manus x Machina exhibition visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art website.