“Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means.” – Karl Lagerfeld (via BrainyQuote)
A few months ago, I went to a private showing of this year’s Met Gala, Manux x Machina: Fashion In An Age of Technology. According to various media outlets, Anna Wintour front Vogue and the other event organizers sought to display how fashion keeps with the times in today’s fast-paced society, by incorporating technology into designs traditionally made exclusively by hand, so as to maintain the uniqueness of each fashion house.
When you typically see pieces brought to life by high fashion creative designers like Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel and Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, you will notice that they are all painstakingly made by hand by their respective ateliers’ army of seamstresses who turn 2-D dreams into 3-D pieces to show off on magazine covers and runways.
In a world filled with seven billion people and counting, the demand for couture pieces are on the rise. It is impractical for ateliers to solely utilize a group of dressmakers who make pieces from scratch. Prêt-á-porter outfits are for the modern age, in which clothes are made by machines and can be worn right off the runway. The Met Gala reconciles and celebrates the union between these two methods of textile production, showing off beautiful dresses that demonstrate the best of both worlds.
To my surprise, many dresses were handmade fabrics that were made early in the twentieth century. The fact that they could still be used to design fabulous dresses was amazing, especially because you would expect fabric that old to lose its vibrant color. The event clearly explained why people wait months and dish thousands of dollars to receive their own once-in-a-lifetime creation. The creativity of the designers shown through these dresses fit perfectly with an art museum, as wearable art is the best type of art.
Some pieces that stuck out were Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel wedding dresses, as well as Christopher Kane’s anatomy of a flower dress. Iris van Herpen was also a big hit, as many of her pieces, like the synthetic feathered dress, perfect for any evil Disney stepmother, were comparable to Gareth Pugh’s creations, like the black and white straw dresses that resembled armor.
Listed are some of the designers and fashion houses that partook in this beautiful exhibit, along with pictures of the designers’ awe-inspiring creations.
- Christian Dior, Dior
- Christopher Kane
- Iris van Herpen
- John Galliano
- Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
- Martin Margiela, Maison Margiela
- Miuccia Prada, Prada
- Nicolas Ghesquière, Balenciaga & Louis Vuitton
- Raf Simons, Dior
- Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy
- Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen
- Yves Saint Laurent
(via Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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