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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'unusually thoughtful - a stately gorgeous tutorial' - New York Times

Manus X Machina at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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
  • Delivery: allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1588395924
  • Product Dimensions: 33.8 x 24.0 x 2.9 cm

'The show is unusually thoughtful — a stately, gorgeous tutorial. Encompassing 170 ensembles and dresses, it examines how haute couture, long associated with impeccably handmade garments tailored to individual clients, is increasingly integrating breakthroughs in technologies and materials' - New York Times

'As these extravaganzas go, “Manus x Machina” is exceptional, its clarity and serenity distinguishing it from quite a few of its predecessors at the Costume Institute' - New York Times

'This is an exhibition for true fashion lovers, filled with the exquisite garments that make us dream' - Vogue

'It was almost an exhibition that was done for designers and with designers’ work. It was about workmanship, about know-how, about time, and the one thing that impressed me the most was that it was almost silent. . . . Please go and see it' - Alber Elbaz  

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