Manus X Machina: Fashion is an Age of Technology is a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which explores how fashion has evolved alongside technology to find the balance between handmade and machine-made garments.
With more than 150 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition will address the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. It will explore this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and question the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.
See Manus x Machina at the Met starting tomorrow, May 5th until August 14th. The exhibit is free with the price of admission.