Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology is a catalogue that accompanies the 2016 Costume Institute exhibition of the same name. Like the exhibition, the book features cutting-edge fashions that harmonize handmade innovations with machine technologies. These futuristic elements include bonding and laminating, circular knitting, computer modeling, laser cutting, ultrasonic welding and the increasingly popular, 3D printing. Capturing innovations from the past and present, this book features 90 ingenious pieces ranging from Chanel's iconic tweed suit to Iris Van Herpen's silicone adaptation of Yves Saint Laurent's Bird of Paradise dress.
With photos by Nicholas Alan Cope and interviews with various fashion designers, viewers are invited on a journey of fashion evolution which details the beginnings of haute couture and present day innovations.
Similar to the contents within this book, Manus x Machina was made by marrying hand and machine techniques.