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Fashion Futures

May 02, 2016
Manus x Machina

The Costume Institute’s long-awaited spring 2016 exhibition, in The Met’s Robert Lehman Wing and Anna Wintour Costume Center, will explore the impact of new technology on fashion and how designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.


Entitled Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, it curates over 150 pieces, from an 1880s Worth gown to a 2015 Chanel suit, including designs by Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen and Iris van Herpen. Galleries focus on embroidery, featherwork, artificial flowers, pleating, leather and lace contrasted with cutting-edge computer modelling, laser cutting and 3D printing (showcased with a live workshop). The exhibition explores the dichotomy between the handmade and the sewing machine, invented in the C.19th when haute couture was founded, and celebrates the ateliers of dressmaking and tailoring, the traditional divide in a couture fashion house.


It kicks off with the star-studded Costume Institute Benefit on 2 May, co-chaired by Brit dish Idris Elba, Apple designer Jonathan Ive, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and Vogue supremo Anna Wintour, with Honorary Chairs Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada. Invite lost in the post? Then sign up as an Individual Member for special previews on 3-4 May, explore the show after-hours at a Members-only viewing on 13 May, or prepare to line up on 5 May with the hoi polloi! Dress to impress…

5 May – 14 Aug, 2016.

The Met Fifth Avenue / 1000 Fifth Ave / +1 212 535 7710 / 10am-5.30pm Sun-Thu,  10am-9pm Fri-Sat /