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Although you’ll usually see in my yoga clothes, I’ve always loved and been inspired by fashion technology. I attended FIDM back in 2003 and clung onto my fabric swatches book like the Bible. I love fashion, however with the rise of fast fashion, even with high-end brands, buying new clothes at full MSRP doesn’t seem worth it to me unless it’s something specifically tailored for my body and my aesthetic. A cookie cutter outfit with a temporary trend just isn’t my cup of tea anymore.

I recently attended the Manus X Machina exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City while I was working the A Current Affair vintage trade show with a friend. The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition was presented in the Museum’s Robert Lehman Wing. The exhibit displayed how innovative fashion designers are traversing between handmade and mechanical mediums. The exhibit was very futuristic and eye opening. Although I could not wear half of the outfits on display, reading about the technology and inspiration behind each piece was the best experience to end a long weekend of fashion selling and buying.

Notable Designers included:

  • Issey Miyake
  • Hussein Chalayan
  • Comme Des Garcons
  • Dior
  • Chanel
  • Gareth Pugh
  • Alexander McQueen

Below are some displays that caught my eye.

Hussein Chalayan’s motorized Floating Dress
Issey Miyake Crepe Dress
Issey Miyake Crepe Dress when worn. Looks totally different!
Issey Miyake Origami Dress
Dresses made from 3D Printing, Fiberglass, plastic molding, mechanical steel and even magnets.
Gareth Pugh – Dresses made of black and white straws.

If you’re in the New York area, definitely visit the Metropolitan Museum. The Manus X Machina exhibit runs May 5th through August 14th, 2016. All tickets are donation based and the suggested donation is up to $25 per person.

Enjoy the show!

<3 + Light,





Alex Tran AKA Schimiggy is a fitness fashion, travel, justice, and food-obsessed raconteuse. She currently resides in Seattle and teaches yoga while writing her heart out. Schimiggy Reviews is a lifestyle blog where Alex shares her passions and interests with the world!

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