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The Costume Institute's spring exhibit, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, opens to the public on May 5th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The show explores design techniques like 3D printing, extravagant hand-applied embellishment and laser cutting on haute couture gowns that few people get to see in real life, let alone up close.
Whether or not you identify as a "fashion person," a "tech person" or someone who's just curious about the increasingly common merger of the two, the show is a must-see for the detailed clothing. They're probably not gowns you will ever wear, but they prove that fashion really is an art and, sometimes, a science.
Take a tour through the highlights in the gallery above, and if you can, stop by to see it all in person.