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The Met’s “Manus x Machina” Extends Hours This Weekend

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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For those who want to enjoy some art and style before heading to the Hamptons for Labor Day, The Met will get you your fix of both. The museum will be hosting extended hours on Friday, September 2, and Saturday, September 3, keeping the popular “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” exhibit open until midnight, before it closes on September 5.

In addition to the extended exhibit hours, the gift shop and Great Hall Balcony Bar will also stay open, serving cocktails and refreshments to museum visitors and patrons.

Manus x Machina Curator Andrew Bolton certainly knows how to dazzle his audience. This exhibit is one of the largest and most well attended fashion exhibits in The Met’s history, with over 660,000 visitors to date.

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The exhibit, which is housed in the Robert Lehman Wing, takes attendants through the history of the juxtaposition of fashion and technology.

The first thing attendees see when they walk in is a wedding gown designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel with a 20-foot train embellished with gold embroidery. The piece was scuba knit, and the train was hand-painted with gold metallic pigment, machine-printed with rhinestones and hand-embroidered with pearls and gemstones.

The piece sets the stage for an exhibit that includes works from other iconic designers and fashion houses, with 170 examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear bedazzling The Met’s Lehman Wing. Other designers featured include Cristobal Balenciaga, Thom Browne, Alexander McQueen, Yohji Yamamoto, Giambattista Valli, Hubert de Givenchy, Iris van Herpen, Martin Margiela, Miuccia Prada, Gareth Pugh and Charles James.

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Another highlight of the exhibit is the “Remote Control” dress by Hussein Chalayan. The dress is made from fiberglass, as hard as that might be to imagine, and yes, it really is operated by remote control. If anyone was wondering what to wear if they wanted to stand out at their next gala, this just might be the piece to land you on the best-dressed list.

If anything, be sure to definitely take advantage of The Met’s extended hours, because after Labor Day the exhibit is gone as The Costume Institute begins preparation for their next show, “Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion”, which will feature the museum’s most significant acquisitions of the past 10 years.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 5th Avenue, New York. For additional information, call 1.800.662.3397 or visit metmuseum.org.

Photos courtesy of The Met Communications Office.
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