What won’t be included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s highly anticipated “Manus x Machina” exhibition? Wearable technology. What will? Extraordinary clothing constructed using a combination of hand and machine techniques to produce incredible effects. While some of the pieces that will be on view at the Costume Institute starting next week are indeed futuristic-looking, many others (including pleated Grecian goddess gowns and romantic floral-embellished shifts) were made using “quiet technologies” not visible to the eye.
In this exclusive video, head curator Andrew Bolton talks about the dress that inspired the show (by Chanel Haute Couture); discloses one of his favorite pieces (it’s from the 1980s); and waxes lyrical about the potential of 3-D printing, which he believes “has the potential to be as radical as the sewing machine in terms of its democracy.”
Here, watch Bolton stitch the story of “Manus x Machina” together exclusively for Vogue.com.
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