Manus X Machina at the Met and More
We arrived at the museum at 10AM and to our surprise the rain that we encountered on our commute let way to dark and cloudy skies with slices of sunlight streaming through. The city was at its optimal glamour level, with everything having a slightly wet and gleaming look. Taking a couple minutes to wait for Mikey at the top of the MET steps, I sent a SnapChat or two @zamartz.
There was a decent crowd at this point but not to large to discourage us from entering the museum. At this point I would recommend downloading the MET iPhone app, but I would also caution that for map viewing it is not the most friendly to use.
Manus x Machina Exhibit
The exhibit was a good size. The layout was pretty interesting and reminded me of a great entry hall. Dresses were displayed in a circular patter between two floors and showcased designer specific sections and sections by discipline, such as leather working, lace, pleating.
The “Wedding” Dress
The wedding dress featured above was featured in the largest room by itself with vintage, illustrated, french fashion dictionaries along the walls. This dress would have taken 6 very strong flower girls to carry the train. This dress also looked like it had a baby bump build into it, so I am not 100% sure but this may have been created for a shotgun wedding. Needless to say, at this point, I was not impressed; although it was definitely a sight.
Overall, the exhibit was interesting to see. I loved being able to view some of the pieces that have crossed the runway up close. However, it was painfully apparent that the Conde Nast supported exhibit was narrowed down into a very small vein of designers of which “conveniently” overlapped with many of Anna Wintour’s preferred and highly advertised brands. Several of the dresses also failed to inspire as their more innovative design features we made to utilize the models movement down the runway. There were some dresses that were given a video window into the past runway shows but not nearly enough.
The Rooftop Garden
Everyone needs to stop here and take a photo of the manhattan skyline over Central Park. There is also a rotating garden “feature”, this time a replica of the Psycho house. (The house was not worth a photo in my opinion)
If I have not expressed this before Paul Cézanne is one of my favorite artists. Although Cézanne also painted still life and portraits, I believe his best work was in landscapes. Two of his most famous paintings are at the MET. My photos do not give them any justice so I implore you to go see them in person.
Escaping the Masses
Mikey and I were at the museum from 10:00AM to 1:10PM. We accomplished our tasks of seeing 3 of the current exhibits and others along the way. We almost scolded two groups of visitors for either attempting to touch or that we caught touching artwork… yes, you read that correctly. We were a bit exhausted from our excursion but filled with culture; not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning. With that a quick vegetarian bite to eat and a Japanese festival in central park capped the afternoon and segued into a relaxing evening at home.