The Met’s Annual Costume Exhibition Examines the Role of Tech in Haute Couture (Through Sunday, August 14)

    Date: 05/10/2016 - 08/14/2016

    Time: All Day

    Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan)

    Price: Included with suggested donation museum admission

    The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition, presented in the Museum’s Robert Lehman Wing, 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 170 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.

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