It’s your last chance! And if you live in New York, you should definitely visit this exhibition. Just DO IT NOW! Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology is extended until the 5th of September. And do you remember the MET Gala this year? Crazy outfits and dresses ruled the red carpet. The reason for such extraordinary dresses was this exhibition as well.
A wonderful highlight was the dress of Claire Danes who looked like Cinderella. That’s not all – in the dark this dress was light up! I’m sorry, but I love this creation of Zac Posen. ❤
— BRIANA. (@briasoboojie) 18. August 2016
Haute couture versus Prêt-à-Porter
Manus x Machina
The traditional distinction between Haute Couture and prêt-à-porter has always been between custom-made and ready-to-wear. Haute Couture clothes are singular models fitted to the body of a specific individual, while prêt-à-porter garments are produced in multiples for the mass market in standard sizes to fit many body types. Implicit in this difference is the assumption that the handwork techniques involved in Haute Couture are superior to the mechanized methods of prêt-à-porter. Over the years, however, each discipline has regularly embraced the features of the other. Despite the fact that this mutual exchange continues to accelerate, the dichotomy between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) still characterizes the production processes of Haute Couture and prêt-à-porter in the 21st century.
What can you expect in the exhibition?
The exhibition reveals the difference between Haute Couture and prêt-à-porter. Haute Couture in the 19th century and the invention of the sewing machine made the time till now so exciting. Over 170 objects are shown. Part of the exhibition are case studies, Chanel Wedding Ensemble, Broderie (Embroidery), Plumasserie (Featherwork), Parurier Floral (Artificial Flowers), Toiles, Tailleur and Flou (Tailoring and Dressmaking), Plissés (Pleating), Dentellerie (Lacework) and Maroquinerie (Leatherwork). Have a look at the gallery of the webside. You’ll find a lot of interviews with designers there, too (Miuccia Prada, Karl Lagerfeld, Christopher Kane, Iris van Herpen…)
#museum | THE MET
#exhibition | #ManusxMachina
#until | 5 September 2016