New York City: Manus x Machina at the Met

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good costume exhibit, and the Costume Institute at the Met always provides (see last year’s for proof). This year’s theme was “Manus x Machina” – an exhibit dedicated, in the words of the Met, to “reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.”

Well. I confess that the specific contours of this theme eluded me a bit; I didn’t necessarily go to ponder the deeper meaning of machine-made fashion, I went to see beautiful garments. And beautiful garments I did see.

The exhibit’s centerpiece is this Chanel “wedding ensemble,” which comes complete with a gold-leafed train the length of a large room:

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I loved this Louis Vuitton dress, hand embroidered with laser-cut white and blue plastic flowers. How fun!

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This was billed as an Yves Saint Laurent wedding ensemble. Because who wouldn’t want to wear a flower-covered bandeau top on her wedding day?!

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This Christopher Kane number included laser-cut flower appliqués taken from a school science book:

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The broderie (embroidery) section of the exhibit had some of my very favorite gowns, like these two:

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And this fabulous ruffled number as well:

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The Issey Miyake “Flying Saucer” dress was certainly…eye-catching. I’m just not certain where one would wear an accordion gown:

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This Threeasfour design, made with the help of 3-D printing technology, was one of the most stunning pieces:

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The leather details on this dress were just gorgeous in person:

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I loved these interesting sculptural dresses. So modern and cool!:

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Manus x Machina runs at the Met through September 5th. I love it so much I just might go back and see it all again!

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