During our most recent trip to New York City, we were blessed to be able to see the incredibly astounding “Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology" exhibition at the Met Museum. An instant classic, the show has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors in a stunning showcase of "man vs. machine" in the realms of both haute couture and avant garde ready-to-wear.
Though the exhibition will soon head into it's final week (it closes September 3), we thought it'd be nice to share our overall takeaways!
One of the most striking things about Manus x Machina was the sheer craftsmanship and use of unconventional materials. A Gareth Pugh piece from his fall 2015 collection was made entirely of hand cut, vertically aligned drinking straws (like the most incredible Project Runway challenge you've ever seen in your life); in striking contrast, a Dior silk dress from 1952 was covered in delicate and intricate 3-D floral embroidery.
While there are many traditionalists who will say that haute couture should always be made by hand, the show made a very convincing argument for the cross-sections of the industry, showcasing incredible instances where both human skills and machine technology came together to produce true beauty.
If you have the chance to attend the exhibition before it closes next week, we would HIGHLY recommend it! It gives us incredible hope and a sense of endless possibility for the future of fashion.