The New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art said Thursday it is extending the hours of the “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” exhibition that has drawn near-record visits.
The exhibit entitled Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology in the US museum’s Costume Institute explores handmade and machine-made creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear in more than 170 ensembles, with the oldest dating to the early 20th century.
“Manus” — hand — and “Machina” — machine — has attracted more than 664,000 visitors since its May 5 opening, the Met said.
That has pushed it into the Costume Institute’s second place for attendance, topping “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” in 2011, which drew slightly more than 661,000 visitors.
The department’s most popular show, last year’s blockbuster “China: Through the Looking Glass”, attracted nearly 816,000 visitors and is the Met’s fifth most-visited exhibition.
The Met said it was adding six more hours of viewing time on “Manus x Machina’s final weekend. The museum will close at midnight on September 2 and 3, instead of its normal time at 9:00 pm. The exhibit ends on September 5.
The exhibit already was extended by three weeks from August 14.
Among the other designers are names from some of the world’s leading fashion houses, including Balenciaga, Pierre Cardin, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Yves Saint Laurent.
“Manus x Machina” was the inspiration for the Met’s annual gala this year, whose star-studded attendees included Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Bradley Cooper and Johnny Depp.