On the first Monday of May every year, the biggest and most opulent Senior prom in the world comes to New York. It’s called the Met Gala. At the price of a $30,000 ticket and the world’s eyes on you, you come out to show out. Each year there is a selected theme around the Gala that is well thought out by the high priestess of fashion Anna Wintour, this year the theme is Manus x Machina; Fashion in the Age of Technology. The progression of everything being handmade to now how innovation has crept into fashion. Here is the exhibition’s flowery overview;
With more than 150 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.
The Robert Lehman Wing galleries on the Museum’s first floor and ground level will present a series of case studies to unravel the hand/machine conundrum. At the center will be an installation of toiles and prototypes presented as garments in the making or “monuments to ideas.” Emanating from this presentation will be a series of rooms based on traditional métiers of the haute couture, including embroidery, featherwork, artificial flowers, pleating, lacework, and leatherwork, which will be presented alongside versions that incorporate innovative processes, such as 3D printing, computer modeling, bonding and laminating, laser cutting, and ultrasonic welding. A room dedicated to the ateliers of tailoring and dressmaking will reflect the traditional division of a maison de couture.
If you aren’t really into fashion, that’s cool. But if you have been in New York this week there was no way around hearing about this event unless you didn’t watch television, go to Manhattan,or take in social media at all this week. personally, I love to look at the pretty clothes and see if everyone tried to stay on theme (which they rarely do), but like I said and its prom. Here are some of the most interesting of the prom pictures out of the huge bunch.
Did you watch the red carpet for the Met Gala? Are you a big follower of fashion? I’m always listening tell me in the comments below. If you are in New York the exhibition runs from May 5- August 14 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I will probably check it out as well.
This post is dedicated to my blogger friend Catherine at Atypical 60, because I know she’ll have a lot to say on the clothing worn to this event and her commentary will make me laugh.
Until our next rendezvous…