Manus X Machina

 

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This single exhibit ignited my love for detail and couture by the ten fold.

As sated on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website, “The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear”

As you first walk in, set inside a beautiful dome is a wedding dress by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel made in 2014. The 20ft train fills the room with a glow and the mood is further enhanced with the same detailing projected on to the ceiling. The beauty in the piece is powerfully breathtaking.

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(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)

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(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)

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(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)

The white scrims that surround the inner dome mark off an outer circle that is home to more beautiful pieces. Some of my favorites include a heavily adorned 20s dress with pink flower appliques and a blue dress with an oversized scalloped detail encrusted in crystals. The blue gown depicts my ideal princess get-up.

embroidered pink flower

(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)

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(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)

cinderella gown back

(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)
cinderella gown close up
(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)

After descending the stairs, the shapes become even more Avant Guard and extreme. 3D printing transforms designs into elevated pieces of sculpture. Plastic, mesh, lace, and scuba fabric combine into these gorgeous garments.

coral dress

(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)
3D printed orange dress

 

(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)
insane 3D white dresses
(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)
insane 3D white detail
(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)
3D printed gown
(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)
3D printed detail
(Photo Credit: Amelia D’Onofrio Instagram: @onlytheobserver)

Check out @onlytheobserver on Instagram for some more lovely photography! Thank you Amelia D’Onofrio for letting me use your beautiful pictures.

 

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