In case you haven’t heard, from May 5th through August 14th, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will be hosting a new exhibition entitled “Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology“… and we can’t wait! As a sustainable jewelry company in the era of fast-fashion we are curious to see how the exhibition will present our industry. According to the Costume Institute, the goal is to
“Explore how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.” – Andrew Bolton, Curator of the Costume Institute
Whether it be more expensive, more unique or more luxurious, handmade garments are traditionally thought of as superior to machine made counterparts. Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Costume Institute explains that “traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made, but recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.”
Nowadays, many machine made garments actually take more time and more energy to create than handmade ones. The exhibit hopes to demystify this argument by presenting us with over 150 fashion forward works of art. The ensembles take us from the 19th century, when the sewing machine was first invented all the way to present day. Along the way, the opposing instruments, manus and machina, will be presented and explored further, hopefully leaving visitors curious and more aware.
The room we are most looking forward to will show all the different types of innovative machinery used to design clothing “such as 3D printing, computer modeling, bonding and laminating, laser cutting, and ultrasonic welding”.
Of course we cannot finish this article without mentioning the Met Gala. In honor of the new exhibition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art held their annual Met Gala on Monday, May 2nd, 2016. As always, the world’s most famous and beautiful celebrities and fashion influencers walked the red carpet dressed to impress. With the technology theme in mind, the night became all about embellishments and details. From Willow Smith’s refined jewelry to Emma Watson’s recycled bottle Calvin Klein ensemble, to Claire Dane’s glow in the dark gown everyone attempted to make a statement and embrace the theme.
After Monday nights runway, we are sure no matter how much we “like” the exhibit we will walk away feeling more appreciative and aware of fashion as a whole.