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Manus × Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

Bolton, Andrew. Photographs by Nicholas Alan Cope
248 pages
178 illustrations
Silver Winaner in Popular Culture Category, Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year Award (2016)
BIGNY Book Show, Winner (2017)
AD Professional Awards Wood Pencil, Winner (2017)
American Alliance of Museums Publication Competition (2017)
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Manus × Machina (“Hand × Machine”) features exceptional fashions that reconcile traditional hand techniques with innovative machine technologies such as 3-D printing, laser cutting, circular knitting, computer modeling, bonding and laminating, and ultrasonic welding. Featuring 90 astonishing pieces, ranging from Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s iconic tweed suit to Karl Lagerfeld’s 3-D-printed version, and from Yves Saint Laurent’s bird-of-paradise dress to Iris van Herpen’s silicone adaptation — all beautifully photographed by Nicholas Alan Cope — this fascinating book is an exploration of both the artistry and the future of fashion.

Featuring interviews with Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Hussein Chalayan, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli (Valentino), Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough (Proenza Schouler), Iris van Herpen, Christopher Kane, Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Miuccia Prada, and Gareth Pugh.

Coat, Maison Margiela  French, Tyvek, French
fall/winter 1997–98
Ensemble, Vionnet S.p.A.  Italian, Silk, synthetic, leather, metal, cotton, French
spring/summer 2014
"Drapery Study", Maison Margiela  French, (a) rayon, acetate, cuprimonium acetate; (b, c) cotton; (d, e) silk; (f, g) leather, French
spring/summer 1997
Muslin, Charles James  American, silk, cotton, haircloth, American
ca. 1950
Creation, House of Dior  French, (a) silk, synthetic, cotton, wool, plastic, metal; (b, c) leather; (d) metal, synthetic, pearl, silk, French
Multiple artists/makers
fall/winter 2005–6
Muslin, Charles James  American, cotton, American
Wedding dress, Yohji Yamamoto  Japanese, a) cotton, nylon, silk; b) cotton, nylon, Japanese
spring/summer 2000
Suit, House of Chanel  French, wool, silk<br/>c) silk<br/>d,e) metal, French
Multiple artists/makers
spring/summer 1963
"Bar", House of Dior  French, silk, French
spring/summer 1947
Ensemble, Comme des Garçons  Japanese, polyester, wool, plastic (polyvinyl chloride), metal, Japanese
fall/winter 2015–16
"Remote Control", Hussein Chalayan  British, a,c) fiberglass, metal; b) cotton, synthetic, British
spring/summer 2000, edition 2005
Ensemble, House of Chanel  French, silk, wool, metal, French
ca. 1927
Evening ensemble, Madame Grès (Germaine Émilie Krebs)  French, silk, French
ca. 1975
"Peplos", Fortuny  Italian, silk, glass, Italian
Multiple artists/makers
Evening ensemble, Mary McFadden  American, rayon or nylon, American
Evening dress, Madame Grès (Germaine Émilie Krebs)  French, silk, French
Evening dress, Helmut Lang  Austrian, silk, cotton blend, horsehair, Austrian
fall/winter 2004–5
Ensemble, Iris van Herpen  Dutch, a) Plastic (polyamide); b) leather, cotton, plastic (acrylic), metal, Dutch
Multiple artists/makers
fall/winter 2011 haute couture, edition 2015
Jacket, Schiaparelli  French, leather, plastic (cellulose nitrate), French
summer 1937
Coat, Paul Poiret  French, silk, wool, fur, leather, French
ca. 1919
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Bolton, Andrew, and Nicholas Alan Cope. 2016. Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.