MET GALA 2016: PREVIEW OF “MANUX X MACHINA”

The Met Ball is well known as one of the most star-studded and glamorous events of the year. This year’s theme for the exhibition is “Manus X Machina”: Fashion in the Age of Technology.

The exhibition shows the history of how fashion has evolved over the years, from the handmade (Manus) to the machine-made (Machina) in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.

Ninety stunning ensembles feature a diverse range of outfits from hand-crafted haute couture to 3D printed designs of the top fashion labels in the world, such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen.

MET Gala 2016_Preview of “Manux x Machina

MET Gala 2016_Preview of “Manux x Machina
Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913)

A magnificent Chanel wedding dress with a gold studded 20 feet long train made a grand impression to any visitor upon entering the exhibition. Karl Lagerfeld used scuba knit as the material to create the dress. He drew the baroque design on the train by hand and then digitally manipulated it to create a pixelated pattern.

Many other haute couture ensembles looked as impressive as the Chanel’s one with hand-sewn embellishments, appliqués, sequins, feathers and flowers and excellent craftsmanship.

MET Gala 2016_Preview of “Manux x Machina

Other great examples are the ethereal Venus and Janun gowns from Christian Dior, shown on the left that are hand appliquéd with tulle petals and hand embroidered with sequins. The Alexander McQueen dress on the right, with beaded silver paillettes that were sewn by hand onto the dress, is quite a piece of art nonetheless.

Not forget to mention the 2500 handmade camellias and ostrich feather wedding dress by Chanel and the “Kaikoku” Floating dress by Hussein Chalayan. The floating dress is made of gold, remote controlled and expels Swarovski crystal “pollen” as it moves.

MET Gala 2016_Preview of “Manux x Machina
Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913)

Iris Van Herpen had a couple of stunning ensembles that combine both modern technology and handcrafting techniques. This bird dress has feathers made of laser cut silicone that is stitched onto the outfit by hand. Her 3D printed costume showcased an astounding bodice that looked like an exoskeleton.

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These are just a few examples of the fascinating and exquisite designs at MET. The exhibition is in the Robert Lehman Wing and Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from May to August 14th.

Trust us, the moment you walk in, you won’t want to step out.

Photos courtesy of MET