Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. This wedding ensemble from Chanel’s fall 2014 haute couture collection. It is made of scuba knot that was machine-sewn but finished by hand, while the design of the cape was hand-drawn by Karl Lagerfeld, then digitized to give it a pixilated feel. Its rhinestones were heat-printed, then accented with hand-sewn pearls and gemstones. As described by Andrew Bolton, curator at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Every spring, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute holds one of the most glamorous and exclusive nights in New York City: an annual fundraiser that started in 1946. The Met Gala, fashion’s biggest night, took place on May 2nd.
A 65-foot structure rises from the center of the space made up of 80,000 red roses, 200,000 red silk roses and laser-cut ;ace for the Metropolitan Museum’s Great Hall by benefit event designer, Raul Àvila. Image credit: Taylor Jewell.Vogue Magazine.
This year’s theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Costume Insitute, explained the theme, saying “traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made. Technology affects everything we do every day. This year’s exhibit will examine how fashion is celebrated with a tech theme.”
Standing in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC to attend the Costume Institute’s exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass. Outfit: On repeat with J. Crew linen chevron-striped dress, Mansur Gabriel black leather large tote with Fashionphile Chloé Aurore wallet on chain and Nine West heels.
In case you don’t recall at this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the May 4 Costume Institute Benefit Gala, Rihanna was queen of China. I never paid attention to this red carpet event probably not until I started to attend the Costume Institute exhibits three years ago when my daughter moved to New York City. I say Rhianna was looking east for her fashion inspiration for this year’s Met Costume Ball’s Exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass.
NEW YORK, NY – An awe-inspiring Guo Pei gown embroidered with gold an silver silk is displayed amid ancient Buddha figurines. A view of atmosphere at “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala – Press Preview at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
When I think of Fifth Avenue, I conjure up thoughts of women wearing hats and gloves sashaying in furs while walking their pedigreed dogs. Perhaps I have watched way too many film noir movies. Any how, I am still learning about the rich culture that is well-established in Manhattan, especially on the Upper East side.
My daughter lives walking distance to some of the most prestigious properties in the New York. That being Fifth Avenue, with its exclusive shops and rich history housed in some of the most fabulous museums. Walk we did, right over to Fifth Avenue.