What does the future of fashion look like? Well, to figure that out, Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, looked to the past. 2016′s exhibition, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” will be focusing on how designers are replacing hands with machines.
The exhibition was first inspired by the movie but became a more solid idea when Bolton saw Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Haute Couture collection in 2014. “What struck me the most was the finale wedding dress,” he said. “When the model walked from the front it seemed like a seamless, super-modern garment. And then the model turned around and there’s a 12-14 foot long train that was hand embroidered.” While this particular piece combines man and manfucaturing, there are lots of other garments on display at the Met that use one or the other. For example ,Bloton believes that some of the 3-D printed materials will be of particular interest to museum attendees.
See everything when “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” opens to the public on May 3.