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While ma­chine ver­sus hand­made con­struc­tion once dif­fer­en­ti­ated Haute Cou­ture fash­ion from prêt-à-porter, mod­ern tech­nol­ogy is call­ing for a ma­jor par­a­digm shift. A sum­mer­time ex­hi­bi­tion at New York’s Cos­tume In­sti­tute ex­plores the in­te­gra­tion of tech­nol­ogy—think laser cutting, 3D print­ing, thermo shap­ing, and more—into fash­ion. “Ul­ti­mately, it’s the amount of care put into the crafts­man­ship, whether it’s ma­chine-made or hand- made, that trans­forms or­di­nary ma­te­ri­als into some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary,” says Jonathan Ive, chief de­sign of­fi­cer at Ap­ple (an ex­hibit spon­sor). Manus x Machina: Fash­ion in an Age of Tech­nol­ogy runs May 5–Au­gust 14 at the Robert Lehman Wing and Anna Win­tour Cos­tume Cen­ter of the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art in New York. Fan­ci­ful em­broi­dery dec­o­rates spring’s fresh­est ac­ces­sories with painterly blooms in play­ful colours. Dolce & Gab­bana’s elab­o­rate bags are el­e­gant for evening, while Alexan­der Mc­Queen’s sen­si­bly sweet san­dals and flats bring an any­time ease to this charm­ing trend.

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