The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its new theme for next year’s Costume institute exhibition: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology“. After banning smartphones and selfies from its last session, the exhibition now focuses on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion.
“Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made,” explains Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute. “But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.”
Sponsored by Apple, the gala will take place on May 2, 2016. And whom better than Jonathan Ive to join Anna Wintour, Idris Elba and Taylor Swift as co-chair!? This year, expect to see several “in process” workshops, including 3-D printing (Oh Kanye!), in which the public will be able to see these designs take shape in real-time, as well as traditional techniques including embroidery, pleating and lacework.
Post written by Noémie Balmat, Founding Editor-in-chief
Interested in the future of fashion, the digital revolutions and advertising,Noémie has a valuable three-year experience in international advertising agencies and works with young innovative designers as a fashion tech freelance consultant. Currently working for Publicis Conseil in Paris, she launched Clausette Magazine in November 2014 to gather all cool projects linking fashion & innovation in one place. Sensitive to the technological and scientific evolutions, she takes part in several Fashion Tech weeks and events as a speaker (Paris, Tokyo, Roubaix…).