Manus x Machina Fashion in the Age of Technology at the Met Museum

The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition, presented in the Museum’s Robert Lehman Wing and Anna Wintour Costume Center, will explore how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.

With more than 120 ensembles, dating from an 1880s Worth gown to a 2015 Chanel suit, Manus x Machina will look into the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand and machine at the onset of industrialization and mass production. It will re-examine the dichotomy in which the hand and the machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and question the significance of the distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.

Start Date

May 5, 2016

End Date

August 14, 2016


10:00 AM - 05:30 PM


Met Museum 1000 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028

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