M x M – The Whites

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House of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld Wedding Ensemble, A/W 2014-15, haute couture. Manus & Machina. Made from scuba knit, a synthetic material, the dress is hand molded, machine sewn and hand finished.
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Iris van Herpen, Ensemble, S/S 2010, haute couture, 3-D printed with machine-sewn white goat leather, hand-cut acrylic fringe
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House of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Wedding Ensemble, A/W 2005-6, haute couture. Made by hand from start to finish, covered entirely with flowers. Despite the sense of ethereal case, the artificial flowers, embroidery and featherwork together required seven hundred hours of handwork.
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Irish Wedding Dress, ca. 1870. Hand-crocheted cream cotton lace with three-dimensional motifs, including roses, lilies of the valley, hanging fuchsias, morning glories, buds and berries, and flat and folded leaves and ferns. Incomparable!

From the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” exhibition, at The Met.

The skill, the superb craftsmanship

The artistry, the stitching, the minute attention to detail

The hours of work, the zealousness, the passion, the tears

The vision

Integrating modern technology into fashion and using it to transform garments into wearable sculptures

The fun trying to tell Manus from Machina and failing

The joy in being free to photograph

Simply Sublime

August 27th, 2016 at The Met

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