Museum stores are often the best places to find art-inspired, fashion-related items. In the case of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose Costume Institute is staging “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” on May 5, its boutique may soon be the place to score affordable couture.
Starting the same day as the exhibition opens, limited-edition designer merchandise inspired by the designers on show will be on sale at The Met Store. Museum goers will find handbags, scarves, jewelry, stationery, books and postcards amidst more than 150 items that nod to designs by Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, and Martin Margiela.
(But the collection will be launched online on May 2, the same night of the Met Ball, for “insiders”.)
Met-exclusive offerings include a silk chiffon Alexander McQueen scarf ($385); a Noa Raviv silk scarf ($375, pictured above); bags by Issey Miyake priced from $425 to $925; a Junko Koshino handbag ($195); an Endo clutch by Flowen ($3,950); and a Maison Martin Margiela magnifying glass ($90).
For Chanel’s suits and Iris van Herpen’s 3D dresses, however, museum-goers will have to find them in the exhibition, along with 100 other ensembles that explore haute couture’s start in the 19th century, and how the onset of industrialization and mass production led to the symbiosis of the hand- and machine-made processes in garment creation. Or, they can buy the catalogue, sumptuously printed by Yale University Press, for $50.
— Michelle Tay