Trend and know-how discover widespread floor in a brand new exhibition
Know-how is not nearly smartphones and 4K. Within the trend world, it comes within the type of pc modeling, laser slicing, stitching machines and, lately, 3D printing. These parts are what impressed a brand new exhibition referred to as Manus x Machina: Trend in an Age of Know-how, which shall be on show at The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in New York later this yr. Manus x Machina options over one hundred items, starting from high fashion to prepared-to-put on, every displaying how designers have adopted handmade and machine-made methods all through historical past.
Pictured above, for instance, is Chanel’s wedding ceremony ensemble, created by Karl Lagerfeld as a part of the style home’s Fall/Winter 2014 couture assortment. The gown was handmade, however its design was manipulated by a pc to offer it that pixelated look. All advised, it took 450 hours to place collectively. On the similar time, Lagerfeld has additionally experimented with 3D printing (sorry, Kanye), bringing a futuristic look to Chanel’s iconic ladies’s go well with. One other gown, designed by Cristopher Kane, mixes hand and machine embroidery to make a method based mostly on the method of photosynthesis.#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-picture-415822show:none; .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-picture-415822, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-picture-415822width:570px;show:block;
“As an alternative of presenting the machine and hand as rivals, the exhibition presents them as equal,” says Andrew Bolton, chief curator at The Costume Institute. He says there are “occasions when the hand has been celebrated and the machine degraded, and vice versa,” so the aim with Manus x Machina is to point out that the road between the 2 is blurring. Not surprisingly, the exhibition has the help of style icons like Anna Wintour, in addition to Apple.
Bolton says Apple was the right sponsor of the exhibition, because of its emphasis on craftsmanship, notably the methods during which a hand and machine come collectively as one. In case you’re in New York Metropolis, or occur to be visiting, Manus x Machina can be open from Might fifth to August 14th. Within the meantime, take pleasure in this early peek at a number of the clothes on show.