I recently went to the Metropolitan Institute’s new exhibit, Manus x Machina. Yes, it’s that famous exhibit/benefit where the stars, including Beyoncé and Alicia Vikander, gathered this past Monday to see and be seen. The exhibit focuses on the role technology has played in haute couture despite the fact that the latter is supposed to be purely done by hand. As the various curated pieces detail, there’s practically some kind of technology involved in creating all the couture pieces featured.
Unlike the China exhibit last year, Manus x Machina is stark and minimalist with focus primarily on the clothes. My favorites are the exhibit’s centerpiece, a wedding dress from Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld that featured an elaborate and lengthy train, and the fiberglass dress by Hussein Chalayan that can be operated with a remote control.
Yes, couture dresses may not be practical but they are just sometimes so magical that we’re often transported from our everyday realities to a different world just by looking at these wonderful creations. Plus, there’s something to be said for the vision and detailed craftsmanship that goes in each creation.
Manus x Machina opens today and runs until August 16, 2016.