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Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope
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New Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibit Explores the World of Fashion Tech

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

No industry is immune to the changes that come with technology—not even fashion. But as an upcoming exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute shows, that might be a good thing. The exhibit, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, will feature over 120 ensembles, showcasing the dynamic between handcrafted and machine-made work in the ever-evolving fashion world.

Apple is sponsoring the show, and as Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge at The Costume Institute, told Engadget, it's a perfect thematic fit: “Apple is really about craft, which is what the show’s about. Of course it's about technology, but it’s all about how the hand and the machine are coming together; the idea of craftsmanship, and how craftsmanship plays a role within the creative process at Apple. So in many ways, philosophically, they're the perfect partner for the exhibition.” 

Manus x Machina was inspired by the 1927 Fritz Lang film Metropolis, which Bolton described as a “dialectical treatise between the hand and the machine.” The ensembles in the exhibition range from a gown made in the 1880s to a 2015 Chanel wedding dress made out of scuba knit, complete with an embroidered train made by both human and machine hands. Some featured works were made using traditional techniques like featherwork and pleating, while others are the result of more cutting-edge methods like 3D printing, computer modeling, and ultrasonic welding.

The show opens on May 5 and will remain on display at The Costume Institute through August 14. Check out the preview below, and head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website for more information.


Wedding ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel 
(French, founded 1913), autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture, back view; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Suit, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (French, 1883– 1971), 1963–68 haute couture; The 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Lyn Revson, 1975 (1975.53.7a–e)

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Ensemble, Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984), spring/summer 2010 haute couture; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 
Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2016.16a, b)
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, 
founded 1913), autumn/winter 2015–2016 haute couture; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope



Evening dress, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008), autumn/winter 1969–70 haute couture; The Metropolitan 
Museum of Art, Gift of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, 1983 (1983.619.1a, b)
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope


“Kaikoku” Floating Dress, Hussein Chalayan (British, born Cyprus, 1970), autumn/winter 2011–12;
Courtesy of Swarovski
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Wedding Ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), autumn/ winter 2005–6 haute couture; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

[h/t Dezeen]

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The Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
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The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

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This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
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It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

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