For all you procrastinators out there, this is your final chance to see the Metropolitan Museum of Art's blockbuster Costume Institute show, Manus x Machina. The show, which was extended a few extra weeks, is closing after Labor Day.
The exhibit looks at how fashion is now increasingly becoming a mix of handmade and high-tech processes and features many stunning pieces (enjoy our photos from the showing's opening in May above). One of the centerpiece designs is a Chanel wedding dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Bolton told Vogue, "When the model walked down the runway, it looked like a neoprene wedding dress, without any seams at all, and then she turned around, and there was a fourteen-foot train, all embroidered.”
The pattern was computer-generated, but the embroidery was done by hand—450 hours of workmanship. For the May exhibition, Lagerfeld agreed to make an even longer version of the train, a breathtaking 20 feet, to be displayed in the museum’s majestic Medieval Sculpture Hall. (“It has to be re-proportioned,” says Lagerfeld. “It is laser cut, printed, hand painted, repainted, and embroidered.”) When Bolton realized that haute couture officially came into being during the exact decade when the modern sewing machine was perfected, he began to understand that hand work and machine work had been playing off each other from the start. It wasn’t a case of two distinct traditions but a single one that, like twin ribbons spiraling around and against each other in a double helix, formed the DNA of modern fashion.
It's highly Instagrammable:
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Manus x Machina is open today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue), Saturday, until midnight, and from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday