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Manus x Machina: Tour the Costume Institute’s Beautiful Spring Exhibit

Yves Saint Laurent evening dress, 1969-70
Yves Saint Laurent evening dress, 1969-70
Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Today is the Met Gala: a red-carpet celebration of the Costume Institute's spring exhibit, which this year, is all about the merger of fashion and tech. More specifically, the show highlights design techniques that range from hand-applied lace on haute couture gowns to laser cutting and ultrasonic welding on futuristic ready-to-wear. As curator Andrew Bolton put it earlier this year, it's really all about the "the hand-machine continuum."

Presented by Vogue and Apple — 2016's hottest bedfellows — the exhibit is truly stunning, with beautiful dresses from Chanel, Issey Miyake, YSL, and over-the-top accessories like this Maiko Takeda acetate fringe headdress.

The official full press preview is today, and Racked stopped by earlier this morning to take in the full tour. You can see it in its entirety right here. Note that the background music is so wonderfully ambient, it might put you to sleep on this rainy Monday.