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.
M x M
Iris van Herpen, Ensemble, S/S 2010, haute couture, 3-D printed with machine-sewn white goat leather, hand-cut acrylic fringe
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.
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
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
August 27th, 2016 at The Met