Machine Made…At The Met’s “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” exhibit

met 2Who says that technology hasn’t come to fashion? Denying the growing popularity of ‘wearable tech,’ ignoring current advances in wardrobe creation or how we disseminate news about fashion across the net, is fool’s errand at best. The future is now as much as in what we come to wear as in how we use our portable devices. Luckily, folks like us, into latex wearing, alternate wardrobes and cosplay are probably more in tune and will be more comfortable with the encroach of science to our styles. New York City’s Metropolitan Museum Of Art seems as comfortable as their Costume Institutes is currently running the Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology exhibit.

As we reported earlier, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” was the theme for the Met Gala this year and following that show, the museum’s Robert Lehman Wing galleries are revealing traditional wardrobe creating: embroidery, pleating, leatherwork and lacework, alongside newer technologies: 3D printing, computer modeling, laser cutting, and ultrasonic welding.

The mix of the then and the now couldn’t be any clearer really with what the Met is presenting here until August 14th.

Haute couture as well as alternative wardrobe is presented across more than 150 ensembles. Pieces date from early last century, right up to present day. The invention of the sewing machine is explored, as is the separation between artisans working with their hands (what the museum calls ‘manus’) and those working with machine (machina) in relationship to mass production of outfits and accessories. The tools of both endeavors are also displayed to show the current dichotomy.

And that’s the thing really the MET makes clear and something causal fans of fashion as well as fashionistas still need to consider. Between the handmade and the machine-created lies where we are at presently with fashion and probably will stay…with any luck.

Find out more info on the “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” exhibit, here. met

The 2016 Met Gala: Robotic Arms, Peacock Trains, and Madonna’s Booty Once Again

Beyonce Latex ABC NEWSAlthough Beyoncé wore jeweled latex, and we should be happy with that, the order of the day at the 2016 Met Gala, was…no order. Fashions revealed at one of the biggest fashion events of the year ran up and down the style spectrum  this year. Yes, lots is being made of the evening’s theme, centered around the MET’s new costume exhibit museum’s “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” but really, there wasn’t a lot of looking forward in this crowd.

Co-host Taylor Swift wore a silver Louis Vuitton mini (plus sexy knee high strap stiletto) but decidedly futuristic? It seems if one was wearing silver, as Rita Ora was in her feathery silver by Vera Wang with its long train, once was immediately thought keeping with the theme, But truly the only futuristic looking attendee last night was Gigi Hadid’s  boyfriend Zayn Malik sporting robot-like arm coverings. (Gigi wore a silvery fronted Versace.)

The actual best use of wearable tech last night was Clare Danes in light-up ZacPosen gown.

Even though the stars did miss the mark with the theme of the night, many were dressed smashingly. They really do come out and dress-up for what is called the Oscars of the East Coast. Kim Kardashian West was in a Balmain gown with a big slit, her hubby in silvery Fear of God glittery jacket and knee-ripped blue jeans. Zoe Saldana’s peacock dress and train beat Ora’s train by a mile in length and Emma Stone looked radiant in white as did Robert Pattison elegant in his Dior Homme white jacket, black pants and black bow tie.

And Madonna revealed booty (and breasts) through the lace she wore.

Maybe the night does go to Beyoncé in her peach colored latex gown by Givenchy, prejudice as we are to this material we all love.