Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

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'The book is a beauty to behold. A large format paperback with a plastic jacket to protect its precious interior, Manus x Machina is an object of art unto itself. With silvery mylar inserts, vellum overlays, silver ink, and four color plates, the book is adds a highly tactile experience to the traditional illustrated book, reminding us of the power of hand and machine to work together as one' - Crave 

A look at the paradoxical relationship between the artisanal and the technological in fashion

The fascinating companion volume to the 2016 Costume Institute exhibition, Manus x Machina is both an exploration of traditional artistry and a projection about the future of fashion.

With beautiful images of garments as well as close-up technical details by celebrated photographer Nicholas Alan Cope, the book traces the evolution of design from the founding of the haute couture through the onset of industrialisation and mass production to the high-tech advancements of today. The ninety ensembles range from handcrafted haute couture by designers such as Coco Chanel and Christian Dior to the spectacular 3D-printed creations of Alexander McQueen and Iris van Herpen.

Interviews with Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen; Hussein Chalayan, Maria Grazia Chiuri, and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino; Nicolas Ghesquière of Louis Vuitton; Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler; Iris van Herpen; Christopher Kane; Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel; Miuccia Prada; and Gareth Pugh enhance this expansive and absorbing book.

  • Author: Andrew Bolton, Curator, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Date published: May 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1588395924
  • Product Dimensions: 33.8 x 24.0 x 2.9 cm