ON THE PULSE
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.