Costume Institute Pt 1

Today we viewed the upper floor of: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Organised by the costume institute, it has exhibited to over 350,000 visitors since opening on May 5. Due to the demand the show has now been extended until September 5.

It was definitely awesome to see this part of the show up close, featuring embroidery, feathers and tactile garments. My favourite designs for the day were definitely the Gareth Pugh straw dresses because they reminded me of piupiu.

“Every straw was cut by hand…They were attached individually with metal hardware – a little twisted jewelry fitting that hooked onto the fabric base. On the runway, you could hear them before you saw them. And they moved beautifully – like feather caught in a gust of wind.” – Gareth Pugh

I’ve heard, in certain circumstances straws have made excellent makeshift piupiu too!

“Perhaps it used to matter if a dress was handmade or machine-made, at least in the haute couture, but now things are different…The digital revolution has changed the world.” – Karl Lagerfeld.

Here above is the show’s hero image entitled “Wedding ensemble” designed by Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel. It was part of the autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture collection and is described by the designer himself as; “haute couture without the couture”….the dress is machine made, but hand finished and the fabric is made out of synthetic scuba diving knit material. The beadwork of pearls and gemstones were hand embroidered by Cecile Henri Atelier – impressive! Below are some of the other pieces on display from designers of existing collections, plus the addition of an item that is Manus (Handmade) – all the way. Tell us, what do you think?

 House of Chanel (French founded 1913)

House of Chanel (French founded 1913)

 Louis Vuitton Co. (French, founded 1854)

Louis Vuitton Co. (French, founded 1854)

 House of Tawhiao (Maori, founded 1995)

House of Tawhiao (Maori, founded 1995)

Clea Pettit