The Met Gala
I am not a fashionista. I am more of a bare minimum girl, just give me some lipstick, mascara, and a cute pair of jeans and I am good to go. However, I do love a great red carpet with all the pomp and circumstance. This is why I look forward to the Met Gala every year to see the couture fashions. First, I watch the red carpet and then I go to the exhibit.
I have to admit the red carpet did leave me with wanting more and not in a good way. I am glad the exhibit was much more interesting. When I put on my clothes in the morning I never think about the craftsmanship that goes into making them and how the creation of clothing has advanced over the centuries.
Manus x Machina
The Manus x Machina exhibit pays homage to that and will have you looking at the creation of couture in a whole new light.
When clothing was first produced it was all done by hands. Imagine having to wait weeks or months for the production of a dress or suit. When machines began to be introduced to production some questioned whether it can still be couture if it uses more machines than hands or a combination of both. The clothing in the Manus x Machina exhibit forces the viewer to ponder these same questions that designers grapple with when they make their collections.
This exhibit did not disappoint with its crafted pieces and it also had some digital components as well. Below is a robotic dress and a video on how to take it off.
There were also dresses created with 3D printing and man-made materials.
As technology advances, couture will too. Instead of us viewing the merging of technology and fashion as a potential downfall of couture, we should view it as inspiring for not only the current big fashion houses but also for potential new ones to emerge. When we look at internet markets like Etsy, which gives a voice to independent designers it can help their business flourish in such a competitive field.
So, for those of you who cannot make it to Manus x Machina here are some pics below. If you live or visiting NYC please go check out this and the other galleries at The Met, it is especially great for date night.
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