Fashion In The Age Of Technology


From a 1963’s chanel costume to a 2014 dress by Christopher Kane, the upcoming ‘Manus x Machina‘ exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will show fashion design pieces ranging from haute couture to ready-to-wear, exploring the topic of fashion in an age of technology. In the exhibition, the museum’s Costume Institute focuses on the evolution and relationship between the handmade and machine-made in fashion design throughout history – from the invention of the sewing machine and traditional creation processes related to haute couture, including embroidery and featherwork, to today’s possibilities of 3D printing and computer modeling. The presentation includes about 120 designs by renowned fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen) and Raf Simons (Christian Dior), among others.

In a statement about the exhibition, the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas P. Campbell, says: “Fashion and technology are inextricably connected, more so now than ever before. It is therefore timely to examine the roles that the handmade and the machine-made have played in the creative process.” The exhibition will be on display from May 5 through August 14.

Ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, autumn/winter 2015–2016 haute couture

Evening dress, Yves Saint Laurent, autumn/winter 1969–70 haute couture

Ensemble, Iris van Herpen, spring/summer 2010 haute couture

Ensemble, Raf Simons for House of Dior, spring/summer 2015 haute couture

Wedding ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture

Dress, Iris van Herpen, autumn/winter 2013– 14 haute couture

“Flying Saucer” Dress, Issey Miyake for Miyake Design Studio, spring/ summer 1994

Suit, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, 1963–68 haute couture

Dress, Christopher Kane, spring/summer 2014

“Vilmiron” Dress, Christian Dior, spring/ summer 1952 haute couture

All images © Nicholas Alan Cope, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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