The Met: Manus x Machina fashion exhibit: Man & Machine.
A few weeks ago I designated a late Sunday afternoon in New York City to visit the Met. Specifically the Manus x Machina 2016 fashion exhibition. It's the one that opens with the wildly photographed Met Gala event.
The idea behind the exhibit is to showcase the relationship between hand made and machine made. That the two don't operate independently of each other but rather, in the age of technology, intersect and work alongside each other. One technique relies on the other.
“Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made,” explains Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute. “But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.”
It's a mesmerizing and creative journey through this exhibit at the Met. The idea of man and machine working together proves that what can be created is nothing short of enlightening and spectacular.
I've always had an old school love of traditional ways and natural textiles but I've always had a belief that we've needed machine to take it all to the next level. Now I might consider that recycled plastic bottles will make up the next few seasons collection. Or that I could work with lazer cut and 3-D printing to turn big ideas into reality. That might be way down the line for us, but it's exciting to think that it's not too far away.
It's also important to see that technology should not replace man but, rather, be a compliment to the creative imagination. After all, that's really the goal - isn't it? To grow our creative imagination?
**All photos by me.