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May 18, 2016

Luxury Fashion Gets A Technological Upgrade

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 This month, the place to be was at the Met Gala. The annual Metropolitan Museum of Art's costume fundraiser brought together international superstars like Beyonce, Jared Leto, Emma Waston, and many more to celebrate fashion. The theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” which of course inspired the most creative and adventurous minds to create not only stunningly beautiful gowns and suits, but also innovative works of art. 

The star-filled Met Gala was the official launch to the Manus x Machina Exhibition, running now through August 14. The title of the exhibit takes the Latin words manus, for hands, and machina, for machine. 

Both elements played a vital role in this event. The curator of the exhibits, Andrew Bolton, wanted the theme to radiate the idea of timeless couture fully embracing technology. Aiming to inspire creativity and blur the lines between technology and fashion, he brings to life what the future of design might soon be.

There are over 170 classic couture pieces featured in the exhibit. Some date back to the 1900s and have been morphed and moulded by new technology. Many incorporate 3-D printing, treatments, ultrasonic welding, airbrushing and laser cutting. One of the featured pieces is the extravagant Wedding Ensemble of 2014-15, by Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel. The intricate masterpiece has a 20-foot train with a hand drawn baroque design and pearl embroidery. It has also been digitally pixelated and heat pressed with rhinestones.

For now the stunning pieces will remain on display at the museum. However, if you are looking to emulate the fashion forward trends of the exhibition, accessories and memorabilia can be purchased from its website. 

The Manus x Machina is not an exhibit that you’ll want to miss. It puts an end to the argument of which is superior, hands or machine, presenting them as equals in a blend of ageless couture and new technology.