The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit highlights the dichotomy between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) in the process of haute couture and prét-à-porter in the twenty-first century. Both disciplines have regularly embraced each other’s practices (handcrafted details from haute couture and mechanized methods of prét-à-porter) without downgrading the importance of either. This exhibition shows their mutual revelance in solving design problems and enhancing design practices which will advance the future of fashion. Even though neither will fully usurp the other’s technique, it was interesting to see how these contrary disciplines was utilized to create these amazing garments.
Over the next three posts there will be some of our favorite pieces to give you a glimpse of this marvelous collection. But if you can go to see the exhibit please do, more than worth the visit.
Featured image is from the House of Chanel – Wedding Ensemble with 20 feet train, Autumn/Winter 2014-15, haute couture. Made from scuba knit and silk satin. It is hand molded, machine sewn and hand finished. There are embroidered buttons, rhinestones that were hand painted with gold metallic pigment, pearls and gemstones were hand embroidered onto garment.
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