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Go behind the Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology exhibits

You've seen the Met Gala photos, now it's time to get to the heart of the exhibition

By Medina Azaldin | Published: 3 Aug 2016

Manus x Machina
Creations by Raf Simons, Iris Van Herpen and Christopher Kane (Photo: Nicholas Alan Cope)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a haven for art, history, and fashion buffs alike. Showcasing fashion exhibitions of various themes from Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy to Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, exhibitions at the Met's Costume Institute never fail to elicit awe and spark conversations among its visitors.

This year, the Costume Institute explores the theme Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology, unearthing how designers are marrying the machine-made and the handmade in creating haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear pieces.

In celebration of this exhibit, head curator of the Met's Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, spoke to some of the distinguished designers whose work are in included in the exhibitions. Those who participated in the podcast are Karl Lagerfeld, Miuccia Prada, Nicolas Ghesquière, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Christopher Kane and Iris van Herpen.

It wouldn't be a Met fashion exhibition if it didn't include the crème de la crème of the industry and the museum has afforded us the chance to delve into the thoughts of these design geniuses via the Met website, where you can listen to the audio excerpts of the interview. In an age where almost everything revolves around technology including the beautiful couture pieces by legendary fashion houses, this exhibit couldn't have come at a better time.

The Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology exhibit runs until 3 September 2016. 

Related: 7 female-focused art exhibitions to visit
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