22 January 2015
New York’s Metropolitan Museum is showing a superb exhibition of 170 avant garde prêt-à-porter and haute couture pieces that highlight the relationship between handmade and machine made, pointing out the fertile, modern unity between artisan approach and technology in fashion. Curator Andrew Bolton expains that the collection dispels the dichotomy of hand and machine manufacturing, proposing a new paradigm for our digital age. Shohei Shigematsu, director of OMA New York, designed a series of textile alcoves to house each piece, bringing attention to their particular textures and sartorial details. The vast selection includes iconic clothing from international stylists and luxury brands, and represents an exhaustive panoramic of modern fashion, showing how artisan skill and technology join together to make wearable masterpieces.