This year’s top exhibit is taking place at the Mets’ Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. What you’ll see there is beyond the borders, unreal and just like out of space. The exhibit, titled Manus x Machina: Fashion in an age of tech, opens on May 5 after and is hosted by Anna Wintour. It’s focus is on the role the hand made and machine-made play in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.
Wedding ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel
What will you see on the Met Gala 2016 exhibit?
With more than 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibit will address the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century. It was the time when the sewing machine was invented, and the issue of a contrast between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production.
The Robert Lehman Wing galleries on the Museum’s first floor will present a series of case studies to unravel the hand/machine enigma. At the center will be an installation of toiles and models given as garments in the making or “shrine to ideas”. There will be rooms based on classic métiers of the haute couture. This includes laces, feather work, unreal flowers, pleating, lacework, and leather work. It will be showed beside versions that merges new processes, such as 3D printing, computer modeling, laser cutting, and ultrasonic welding. A room devoted to the ateliers of tailoring and fashion design will reflect the classic division of a maison de couture.
Embroidery, Upper level Gallery View
With over 120 pieces shown by designs like Dior and Chanel, and talents like Ghesquiere, Prada and Lagerfeld – the exhibit seeks to test visitors’ point of view. Pieces that may seem unreal, like Herpen’s bird dress from July 2013, are in fact mostly created by hand, while iconic vintage garments were made with the help of machines.
Kaikoku Floating Dress, Hussein Chalayan
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Met Gala 2016: The Red Carpet
First came the power pony-tails, slicked tight on top of the heads of Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning, which kept the focus on their fresh ingenue faces. Gigi Hadid and Alicia Vikander served up theirs with a twist. Hadid with a deep side part and blunt ends, Alicia with two tiny French twists that suited her Louis Vuitton dress. A tech motif came through with metallic adornments of all sorts.
A few stand-out bobs ruled the red carpet, from Michelle Williams’s chin-grazing chop to Kristen Stewart’s peroxide take. It amplified by a slick of glitter on the lids. Then there was Beyoncé, who came last (but never least). She kept it simple with fatally sleek center-parted hair, smoky eyes, and a curve-hugging sheath. She proved that whether we’re in the past, present, or future, some beauty rules are timeless.
Beyonce and Kristen Stewart
More from the Red Carpet here.
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