Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology Exhibit at the MET

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It is always exhilarating when the MET has Fashion Exhibits. Currently the MET has the Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology exhibit up until September 5th 2016.  If you want to see it, go soon as there is still a bit of time left of the exhibition. There is a fascinating two floors to explore, and sections including lacework, leatherwork, pleating, featherwork and much more! As the title suggests, the exhibit is centered around technologies like 3D printing and laser cutting, as well as advancement in fabric manipulation like pleating and using alternative materials while carefully exposing the fusion of hand work. The result is a series of breathtaking garments with spectacular details. 

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Here are some of my favorite and most interesting pieces in the exhibit:

 Louis Vuitton Co.   Nicolas Ghesquiere  SS 2016 prêt-à-porter  Machine sewn white cotton poplin; machine-sewn , hand-appliqued overlay of ivory silk-synthetic net, bonded with laser-cut silver metallic strips, hand-airbrushed with black, dark brown, blue, and gray pigment, hard-grommented with copper metal

Louis Vuitton Co. 

Nicolas Ghesquiere

SS 2016 prêt-à-porter

Machine sewn white cotton poplin; machine-sewn , hand-appliqued overlay of ivory silk-synthetic net, bonded with laser-cut silver metallic strips, hand-airbrushed with black, dark brown, blue, and gray pigment, hard-grommented with copper metal

 House of Givenchy   Hubert de Givenchy   1963, haute couture   Hand sewn red-orange cotton Mechlin-type lace hand-embroidered with red-orange beads, tinsel, and pieces of coral

House of Givenchy 

Hubert de Givenchy 

1963, haute couture 

Hand sewn red-orange cotton Mechlin-type lace hand-embroidered with red-orange beads, tinsel, and pieces of coral

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 Alexander McQueen   SS 2012, prêt-à-porter  Machine-and hand-sewn use silk lace bonded with laser-cut black patent leather sand sewn godets of nude silk tulle, hand appliquéd with nude silk lace motifs      Iris van Herpen  SS 2015, prêt-à-porter   Machine-sewn, laser-cut, bonded navy patent leather      Iris van Herpen   SS 2016, prêt-à-porter   Machine-sewn,bonded nude silk twill and cotton plain weave with overlay of nude cotton lace handwoven with laser cut nude leather applique

Alexander McQueen 

SS 2012, prêt-à-porter

Machine-and hand-sewn use silk lace bonded with laser-cut black patent leather sand sewn godets of nude silk tulle, hand appliquéd with nude silk lace motifs 

 

Iris van Herpen

SS 2015, prêt-à-porter 

Machine-sewn, laser-cut, bonded navy patent leather 

 

Iris van Herpen 

SS 2016, prêt-à-porter 

Machine-sewn,bonded nude silk twill and cotton plain weave with overlay of nude cotton lace handwoven with laser cut nude leather applique

 Comme des Garçons  Junya Watanabe  AW 2015/2016, prêt-à-porter  Machine sewn, heat-molded black polyester satin     Pierre Cardin  1968, haute couture  Machine sewn, heat-molded brown polyester Cardine (Dynel)

Comme des Garçons

Junya Watanabe

AW 2015/2016, prêt-à-porter

Machine sewn, heat-molded black polyester satin

 

Pierre Cardin

1968, haute couture

Machine sewn, heat-molded brown polyester Cardine (Dynel)

 Nova Raviv  2014, prêt-à-porter  Top: black and white 3-D printed polymer by Stratasys, hand-sewn white synthetic tulle with adhesive appliqué of laser-cut black polyester twill weave   Skirt:machine-sewn black silk cotton faille, hand finished  Dress: black and white 3-D printed polymer Stratasys, hand-sewn white synthetic tulle with adhesive appliqué of laser-cut black polyester twill weave

Nova Raviv

2014, prêt-à-porter

Top: black and white 3-D printed polymer by Stratasys, hand-sewn white synthetic tulle with adhesive appliqué of laser-cut black polyester twill weave

Skirt:machine-sewn black silk cotton faille, hand finished

Dress: black and white 3-D printed polymer Stratasys, hand-sewn white synthetic tulle with adhesive appliqué of laser-cut black polyester twill weave

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  Iris van Herpen    SS 2010, haute couture   Polyamide, acrylic, leather

Iris van Herpen
SS 2010, haute couture
Polyamide, acrylic, leather

 Miyake Design Studio  Issey Miyake  SS 1990, prêt-à-porter   Machine-garment-pleated, machine-sewn yellow and red-purple polyester-linen plain weave

Miyake Design Studio

Issey Miyake

SS 1990, prêt-à-porter 

Machine-garment-pleated, machine-sewn yellow and red-purple polyester-linen plain weave

 House of Dior  Christian Dior  SS 1947, haute couture  Machine-sewn beige tussah silk plain weave, hand-stitched bound buttonholes, hand-pad-stitched interlining     Hussein Chalayan   SS 2007, prêt-à-porter   Machine-sewn gray silk organza bodice; machine-sewn gray cotton-synthetic sateen tabs; aluminum plaques with hand glued Swarovski crystals; machine-molded plastic understructure, machine-sewn boned foundation threaded with monofilament wire, pulleys, and electronically controlled, geared motor components     Paco Rabanne   1967, haute couture   Machine-cut silver aluminum, hand-punched and linked with silver metal jump rings

House of Dior

Christian Dior

SS 1947, haute couture

Machine-sewn beige tussah silk plain weave, hand-stitched bound buttonholes, hand-pad-stitched interlining

 

Hussein Chalayan 

SS 2007, prêt-à-porter 

Machine-sewn gray silk organza bodice; machine-sewn gray cotton-synthetic sateen tabs; aluminum plaques with hand glued Swarovski crystals; machine-molded plastic understructure, machine-sewn boned foundation threaded with monofilament wire, pulleys, and electronically controlled, geared motor components

 

Paco Rabanne 

1967, haute couture 

Machine-cut silver aluminum, hand-punched and linked with silver metal jump rings

 Hussein Chalayan   SS 2014, demi-couture  Machine-sewn white silk organza and white silk compound weave, printed à la disposition with black and cream-pattern-drafting-paper motifs, hand-embroidered in black silk yarn with dot and cross motifs

Hussein Chalayan 

SS 2014, demi-couture

Machine-sewn white silk organza and white silk compound weave, printed à la disposition with black and cream-pattern-drafting-paper motifs, hand-embroidered in black silk yarn with dot and cross motifs

 Alexander McQueen  Sarah Burton  AW 2012/201, prêt-à-porter   Laser-cut white pony skin bonded to black leather, machine-sewn and hand-finished with Mongolian wool

Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton

AW 2012/201, prêt-à-porter 

Laser-cut white pony skin bonded to black leather, machine-sewn and hand-finished with Mongolian wool