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Manus x Machina Postcard Pack

Item# 80-033914 

Price: $21.95 $10.98
Member Price: $19.75 $9.88


  • Made in the USA
  • Includes 15 postcards
  • 5'' x 7'' each



Challenging long-held beliefs about handmade versus machine- made garments, The Met Costume Institute exhibition presents Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Since the invention of the sewing machine in the 19th century, the term "haute couture," referring to hand skills, has suggested a greater finesse and superiority to the machine-dependent processes used in prt--porter clothes. As this exhibition reveals, today's fashion designers employ the hand and machine in equal measure, often as partners, while the technical distinctions separating haute couture and prt--porter continue to dissolve.

Assembled here are 12 extraordinary garments from The Costume Institute, generously augmented by loans from fashion houses and designers such as Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan, and more. Featuring stunning photography by Nicholas Alan Cope, this collection of postcards includes dresses and ensembles from the early 20th century through the present, all highlighting the innovative and unique results of the relationship between hand and machine.

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