Manus X Machina

Inside the walls of the Metropolitan Museum of art, haute couture dresses hang on the bodies of limp manikins. I wove through the crowded halls in awe as the dresses glittered back at me. Some of the dresses were delicately interlaced with flowers while other dresses held dark feathers and skulls upon them.

Manus X Machina is the binding of handmade and the machine-made. Together the union creates a perfect harmony of ready-to-wear. The exhibit holds more than 170 pieces dating back from the time when sewing machines were created in the 19th century. At this time the clothes were divided and distinguished by the process in which they were made: manus (by hand) or machina.

Please find photos of the dresses below:

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