The curtain will soon fall on “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” but visitors planning a last-minute trip to the exhibit over Labor Day weekend are in luck: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced extended hours for The Costume Institute exhibition during closing weekend. The show will remain open until midnight on Sept. 2 and 3 before closing for good on Sept. 5. “Manus x Machina” opened on May 5 with an annual starry party, and has already extended its run by three weeks from the original Aug. 14 closing date.
This is the second year that the Met has extended the run of a Costume Institute exhibit and tacked on late hours during closing weekend; last year’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” also added three weeks and remained open until midnight during its final days. “China: Through the Looking Glass” drew 815,992 visitors and remains the department’s most popular show to date, as well as the museum’s fifth most-visited exhibition. “Manus x Machina” is the Costume Institute’s second most-attended exhibition, counting more than 664,328 visitors so far. Andrew Bolton curated both shows.
“Manus x Machina” examines how designers reconcile the handmade and the machine-made through 170 couture and ready-to-wear ensembles on display. The exhibit includes pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Iris van Herpen, Prada, Chanel, Gareth Pugh and Givenchy.
During a preview of the exhibit earlier this year, Bolton told WWD that “What all of these examples reveal is that the hand and the machine work in tandem in the creation of fashion for haute couture or rtw. By attempting to unravel as well as to reconcile the oppositional relationship between the hand and the machine, the exhibition intends to advance a new paradigm for fashion, which is more germane to our age of technology.”