The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The First Monday in May: Manus x Machina

Manus x Machina Back in early 2014, I visited the Museum of Arts & Design in Manhattan to view the exhibition “Out of Hand: Materialising the Postdigital,” which was an exhibition focused on computer-assisted design—3D-printing, a manufacturing method now used by fashion designers, artists and architects. The exhibition, curated by Ron Labaco included works by artist Anish Kapoor, the late architect Zaha Hadid and milliner Stephen Jones to name a few. After that, I visited the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion.’

Exhibition – Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital – aka 3D printing fashion?

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What intrigues me, then and now, is the connection of digital manufacturing in fashion and how it’s progressed from haute couture. In one day I viewed two separate exhibitions, the first clearly a modern-day marvel of technology, and the haute couture era of designer Charles James. The dichotomy is poetic.

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Red Carpet Style At The Met, Punk: Chaos to Couture on Moda Operandi

Let’s talk punk! As an impressionable young girl fascinated with fashion and street style my Dr Martens and drainpipe jeans, were the closest I ever got to imitating a punk, although I do recall back-combing my hair, high above my head with copious amounts of hairspray, and rocking a Katherine Hamnett knock-off t-shirt. But, if we are really talking punk style, then without a doubt tartan, fishnets and spikes, dog-collar chokers, ripped t-shirts, a corset, leather, knuckle gloves, a mohawk, facial piercings, drainpipe jeans (in tartan preferably), Dr Martens and flashes of neon and graffiti are punk de rigueur.

Punk Chaos to Couture at The Met

Punk Chaos to Couture Exhibition at The Met.

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