Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Apr 10 2016 / 15:36 PM

​The exhibit is set to open on May 5th

Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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Wedding ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), autumn/winter 2014-15 haute couture, back view; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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Suit, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (French, 1883-1971), 1963-68 haute couture; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Lyn Revson, 1975 (1975.53.7a-e)
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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Ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), autumn/winter 2014-15 haute couture, back view; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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Evening dress, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008), autumn/winter 1969-70 haute couture; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, 1983 (1983. 619. 1a,b)
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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Wedding ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), autumn/winter 2005-6 haute couture, back view; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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Dress, Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984), spring/summer 2012 haute couture; Courtesy of Iris van Herpen
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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Dress, Nicolas Ghesquière (French, born 1971) for House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937), spring/summer 2003; Courtesy of Balenciaga Archives, Paris
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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"Kaikoku" Floating Dress, Hussein Chalayan (British, born Cyprus, 1970), autumn/winter 2011-12; Courtesy of Swarovski
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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Dress, Christopher Kane (British, born 1982), spring/summer 2014; Courtesy of Christopher Kane
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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"Vilmiron" Dress, Christian Dior (French, 1905-1957), spring/summer 1952 haute couture; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Byron C. Foy, 1955 (C.I.55.76.20a-g)
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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"Flying Saucer" Dress, Issey Miyake (Japanese, born 1938) for Miyake Design Studio (Japanese, founded 1970), spring/summer 1994; Courtesy of The Miyake Issey Foundation
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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Ensemble, Raf Simons (Belgian, born 1986) for House of Dior (French, founded 1947), spring/summer 2015 haute couture; Courtesy of Christian Dior Haute Couture
Preview The Met's "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"
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Ensemble, Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984), spring/summer 2010 haute couture; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of the Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2016.16a, b)
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Dress, Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984), autumn/winter 2013-14 haute couture; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of the Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2016.14)

The stakes are high for curator Andrew Bolton of the MET Costume Institute after the insurmountable success of last year’s China: Through The Looking Glass, which broke museum records. But it looks like the 2016 exhibit is already proving to be even bigger and better, with a fashion-forward theme that will depict a 150-costume narrative of the technical creative process, from the early 20th century to date. Manus x Machina will track the development from manmade couture and avant-garde collections into machine made ones, and explore how this dichotomy has riffed fashion’s history.

Click through for a preview of the looks to come, check out more details about the exhibit here