For over a century, fashion has culled strong advocates for handmade (manus) designs as opposed to machine-made (machina) versions. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Manus x Machine: Fashion in an Age of Technology” exhibition proposes an alternate view.
The stunning exhibit presents over 170 gorgeously detailed ensembles from the early 20th century to present. From embroidered dresses exquisitely embellished with crystals to astounding laser cut designs, the exhibition demonstrates how the lines between manus and machina blur. Hussein Chalayan’s Autumn/Winter 2011–12 “Kaikoku” floating dress features a sparkling dress designed with 50 remote controlled wings with Swarovski crystals that can fly.
Thought provoking and visually breathtaking, the exhibition runs through September 5th in New York.
Hussein Chalayan “Kaikoku” Floating Dress, Autumn/Winter 2011–12
Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art