Who 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.