I love the earthy and elegant muted tans, blush and nudes of the textiles above – a palette echoed in many of the dresses featured in “Manus x Machina” (Hand and Machine), the Costume Institute’s Spring 2016 exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Like many, I (mistakenly) believed that Haute Couture was the epitome of high fashion because it was all executed by hand for a specific client. This exhibit showcases the fact that both highly sophisticated machine work as well as hand work goes into the creation of these otherworldly dresses. Pictured here is a fitted, yet frothy dress of lace and tulle from the House of Givenchy, Autumn/Winter 2011/12. There are a bevy of festive, fascinating ensembles from many different eras organized by technique: Plissè (Pleating), Dentellerie (Lacework), Plumasserie (Featherwork) – etcetera – the online overview is an interesting glimpse of the show from the comfort of your home!