Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Apple officially enters the world of Fashion with its first Met Gala

For its upcoming Spring Exhibition in the month of May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York will re-examine the relationship between fashion and technology and how the industry has embraced the idea of reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. The annual event will explore spectrum of practices whereby the hand and the machine are mutual protagonists in solving design problems.

Titled "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," (May 5th to August 14, 2016) the annual event, will feature 120 ensembles, dating from an 1880s Charles Frederick Worth gown to a 2015 Chanel suit, and will retrospect the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand and machine with the onset of industrialization and mass production. Several handmade couture pieces, featuring techniques such as embroidery, pleating, leatherwork, braiding, fringe work, and lacework, will be juxtaposed with machine-made designs showcasing new technologies like laser cutting, thermo shaping, 3D printing, computer modelling, ultrasonic welding and circular knitting. 

Apple is the Institute’s partner in this project, which clearly signifies the importance of technology in fashion where traditional and innovative methods are combined together, thus blurring the difference between haute couture and prêt-à-porter.

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Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, Autumn Winter 2014 haute couture

Christian Dior, Spring Summer 1952 haute couture

Christopher Kane, Spring Summer 2014

Gabrielle Coco Chanel, 1963 – 1968 haute couture

Iris van Herpen, Autumn Winter 2013 haute couture

Iris van Herpen, Spring Summer 2012 haute couture

Issey Miyake for Miyake Design Studio, Spring Summer 1994

Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, Autumn Winter 2005 haute couture

Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, Autumn Winter 2015

Raf Simons for House of Dior, Spring Summer 2015 haute couture

Yves Saint Laurent, Autumn Winter 1969 – 1970 haute couture

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