Manus x Machina

Warning: All of these photos are terrible and do not do these gowns any justice because low lighting is not my forte. 


This dress is made out of straws. Yes! Straws that look like feathers. Swoon.

Karl Lagerfeld
(French, born Hamburg, 1938)
for House of Chanel
(French, founded 1913)

Wedding ensemble,
autumn/winter 2005–6 haute couture

Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913) 
Wedding ensemble, autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture

This train had intricate gilded beading that sparkled from every direction. I'm sure if you do a search online you can find someone who illegally snagged a video. It was absolutely breathtaking!


Raf Simons (Belgian, born 1968)
for House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Ensemble, spring/summer 2015 haute couture

I used Instagram a lot to look up photos of cool things to do and see while we were on vacation. It really is the current influencer network. If you do a quick Instagram location search of the Metropolitan Museum in NYC all you'll find are photos of the Manus x Machina exhibit. While we were planning our trip, I knew that we wanted to go to The Met but I was getting frustrated by all the photos of clothes because there are so many great paintings in their collection that I consider more important. I was really, really wrong about this exhibit. In person it is captivating! Every dress has incredible attention to detailing. We spent way too much time in this exhibit while we were waiting for the cafeterias to open. Read more about this year's collection on their site:

With more than 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition addresses the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. It explores this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and questions the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.
— The Metropolitan Museum of Art