Monday, May 2, 2016

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology Metropolitan Museum of Art


I am in the city today for the press preview of the latest fashion exhibit ManusxMachina Fashion in an Age of Technology which I think from the photos below, is going to be pretty darn MAJOR! I have some information on the exhibit below from the Met's website, along with some photos of the fashion. I cannot wait to take my own photos and show you! Be sure to follow my Instagram as I usually post photos there first, while I am at the event. 

The Costume Institute's spring 2016 exhibition, presented in the Museum's Robert Lehman Wing, will explore how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.

With more than 150 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition will address the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. It will explore this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and question the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.

The Robert Lehman Wing galleries on the Museum's first floor and ground level will present a series of case studies to unravel the hand/machine conundrum. At the center will be an installation of toiles and prototypes presented as garments in the making or "monuments to ideas." Emanating from this presentation will be a series of rooms based on traditional métiers of the haute couture, including embroidery, featherwork, artificial flowers, pleating, lacework, and leatherwork, which will be presented alongside versions that incorporate innovative processes, such as 3D printing, computer modeling, bonding and laminating, laser cutting, and ultrasonic welding. A room dedicated to the ateliers of tailoring and dressmaking will reflect the traditional division of a maison de couture.

#ManusxMachina

Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913)
Wedding ensemble (back view), autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture
Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection
Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope
Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984)
Dress, autumn/winter 2013–14 haute couture
Dutch
Silicone, cotton
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2016.14)
Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope


Issey Miyake (Japanese, born 1938) for Miyake Design Studio (Japanese, founded 1970)
"Flying Saucer" dress, spring/summer 1994
Courtesy of The Miyake Issey Foundation
Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope


The exhibition is made possible by Apple.
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Additional support is provided by
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Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
May 5 to August 14, 2016 

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday "5th Ave and 42nd Street"




From our friends at Howard's Hollow, this photo was taken in 1906. Can you even imagine? It just says so many things as you look at each detail. I think I am going to be purchasing some photos from this website to frame in my home as they are just way too darn cool! I love the way everyone is all dressed up to walk around the city, wonder what they would think of our attire today?


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Met Breuer Special Hours Monday May 2, 2016

Photograph by Ed Lederman



The Met Breuer Will Have Special Open Hours on Monday, May 2; The Met Fifth Avenue Will be Closed


The Met Fifth Avenue will be closed on Monday, May 2, to allow for preparations for The Costume Institute Benefit that evening. The Met Breuer (at 75th Street and Madison Avenue), normally closed on Mondays, will have special open hours from 10 am to 5:30 pm that day. The Met Cloisters (in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan) will be open from 10 am to 5:15 pm according to its regular schedule.


Since The Met began opening its doors to the public seven days a week in 2013, The Met Fifth Avenue has been closed on the first Monday in May for The Costume Institute Benefit set-up. This annual benefit is The Costume Institute's main source of funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements. This year's event celebrates the exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, on view May 5 through August 14.

The Met Breuer is The Metropolitan Museum of Art's new space dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Visitors are invited to view the three exhibitions currently on view there: Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, a major thematic survey featuring unfinished works of art from the Renaissance to the present day (through September 4, 2016); Nasreen Mohamedi, the largest exhibition to date of work by the Indian modernist (through June 5, 2016); and Tatso Miyajima: Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life), a new, light-based installation (through October 2, 2016).
The Met Cloisters is dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Its picturesque location in Fort Tryon Park overlooks the Hudson River, creating an integrated and harmonious context in which visitors can experience the rich tradition of medieval artistic production, including metalwork, painting, sculpture, and textiles. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar at Loews Regency New York

Sant Ambroeus is really a place everyone needs to visit. They have locations in the city on the Upper East Side, West Village, Soho, Southampton along with coffee bars in Loews Regency Hotel and Sotheby's. I was pretty happy when I stayed at the Loews Regency last month. I apologize if you are hungry reading this post. I really really do. 
The coffee bar is quite small, with savory and sweet selections. They have seating outside if the weather is nice, or you could take your food back to your room to enjoy. 

The desserts are really to die for. Pure heaven. 


It is very hard to choose just one, isn't it? 

I choose 3 of course! 
The chocolate tart was really just beyond good. 
Works of edible art I say! 
This chocolate tart showed me what heaven is really like and I was pretty impressed! Be sure to put Sant Ambroeus on your list when visiting NYC. You will thank me 100 times over! Your welcome! 


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Friday, April 22, 2016

Isaac Mizrahi Family Day at the Jewish Museum


I was thrilled to receive this information from The Jewish Museum about Isaac Mizrahi Family Day! I had to share so if you are in the city, you can add this to your "things to do" list. This is a most wonderful exhibit, and it looks like they will have some fun activities on this day.
Fun-Filled
Isaac Mizrahi Family Day
at the Jewish Museum
Sunday, May 15
NEW YORK, NY – The Jewish Museum will present Isaac Mizrahi Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, May 15 from 12 noon to 4pm.  Families can celebrate the striking and colorful world of fashion on view in the exhibition, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, at a huge drop-in art workshop, hear the hip Grammy award-winning music of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, and take gallery tours of the exhibition.

This event, for children age 3 and up, is free with Museum admission.   Adults are asked to accompany their children.  For further information regarding family programs at The Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3337 or visit TheJewishMuseum.org/programs/families.  The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan.

ISAAC MIZRAHI FAMILY DAY EVENTS  - SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016

Noon – 4pm
HUGE DROP-IN ART WORKSHOP
Families can choose from three projects:

Hat Sculptures
Design imaginative sculptural hats with metallic board, textured papers, colored tape, and wire.

Wearable Art
Use found objects and other unexpected materials to create wearable works of arts inspired by the playful materials and textures Isaac Mizrahi incorporates into his designs.

Fashion Poses
Capture wearable creations on camera and strike a fabulous pose as a family at a professional photo booth.

12:30pm and 2:15pm


Concerts
LUCKY DIAZ AND THE FAMILY JAM BAND
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band will link their inventive and colorful style to the vibrant work of Isaac Mizrahi. Families can dance to songs about color, and pattern with indie music sounds rooted in the band’s whimsical child-friendly imagination.
Garnering a Latin Grammy Award for their album ¡Fantastico! and an Emmy Award for their work on the PBS show Friday Zone, the husband and wife duo Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis have been named “THE face of kindie music” by The Washington Post.Their sun-filled pop beats have been featured by NPR’s All Things ConsideredNPR Music, Billboard Magazine, The New York Times, and Univision. Logging hundreds of thousands of miles and sharing the music of their seven albums, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band bring smart, crafty lyrics with irresistibly fresh pop beats.

1:00pm to 3:00pm
PATTERN PRINTS
Kids can use printmaking techniques to create patterned fabric made with funky shaped stamps, colors, and textures.

1:15pm and 3:00pm
ISAAC MIZRAHI SPOTLIGHT TOURS 
Jewish Museum educators will lead brief tour and sketching experience spotlighting looks in Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History.
All day
SELF-GUIDED FAMILY EXHIBITION TOURS
Specialized printed family gallery guides for Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History will be available for free.


The Jewish Museum is presenting the first exhibition focused on Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur, until August 7, 2016.  Through over 250 works, including clothing and costume designs, sketches, photographs, and an immersive video installation, this survey exhibition explores Mizrahi’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture.  While best known for his work in fashion, Mizrahi’s creativity has expanded over a three decade career to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance. Beginning with his first collection in 1987 and running through the present day, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History weaves together the many threads of Mizrahi's prolific output, juxtaposing work in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts.


Isaac Mizrahi Family Day is made possible through the generosity of New York City Councilmember Daniel R. Garodnick. Additional support is provided through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Education’s school and family programs are supported by endowed funds established by the Bronfman Family, the Muriel and William Rand Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Rosalie Klein Adolf, the Kekst Family, and Mrs. Ida C. Schwartz in memory of Mr. Bernard S. Schwartz.

About The Jewish Museum
Located on Museum Mile at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, the Jewish Museum is one of the world's preeminent institutions devoted to exploring art and Jewish culture from ancient to contemporary, offering intellectually engaging, educational, and provocative exhibitions and programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Museum was established in 1904, when Judge Mayer Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary as the core of a museum collection. Today, the Museum maintains a collection of over 30,000 works of art, artifacts, and broadcast media reflecting global Jewish identity, and presents a diverse schedule of internationally acclaimed temporary exhibitions. 

The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City. 


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