Ground-Breaking Materialise Fashion Collaborations Included in The Costume Institute’s Manus x Machina Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Costume Institute’s Spring Exhibition includes designs by Iris
van Herpen and threeASFOUR, created in collaboration with Materialise

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$mtls #ManusxMachinaThe Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2016
exhibition,
Manus
x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
officially
opened last week on the 5
th of May. It
explores how designers are reconciling the handmade with the
machine-made in fashion, and among the machine-made creations are
numerous pieces resulting from collaborations between Materialise
(NASDAQ:MTLS) and Iris van Herpen with Julia Koerner and Daniel Widrig,
as well as threeASFOUR with Bradley Rothenberg.

According to Materialise’s Creative Director, Joris Debo, “The key to
truly innovative 3D printed fashion is not the printing process itself,
but the co-creative process that proceeds the print. With each fashion
collaboration undertaken, we increasingly come to appreciate that it is
through bringing together individual strengths – the fashion designer
for creative concepts, an architect for creative implementation, and
Materialise for 3D printing expertise and software – that concepts are
formed into inspiring and unique pieces ready to go down the catwalk.
The inclusion of several designs resulting from this process in Manus x
Machina is a confirmation of the success of co-creation
.”

He continued, “With each collaboration, we continually explore how to
add value through 3D Printing, not just aesthetically, but functionally.
From the hard, structural designs originally produced, we have moved
towards increasingly more flexible and wearable fashion. This work has
also moved beyond the catwalk, with the past year in particular also
seeing collaborations between Materialise and leading footwear and
eyewear brands. The shared goal of these projects has been to improve
upon the functionality of existing insoles, shoes, and glasses
respectively, with the aim of enhancing the customer experience for a
broader public.”

Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, had this to
say about this year’s exhibition, “Traditionally, the distinction
between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade
and the machine-made, but recently this distinction has become
increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and
techniques of the other. Manus x Machina will challenge the conventions
of the hand/machine dichotomy and propose a new paradigm germane to our
age of technology.”

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology features
more than 170 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear,
dating from the early 20th century to the present. The exhibition can be
found in in the Museum’s Robert Lehman Wing, and is on view from May 5
through August 14.

About Materialise
Materialise incorporates more than 25
years of 3D printing experience into a range of software solutions and
3D printing services, which together form the backbone of the 3D
printing industry. Materialise’s open and flexible solutions enable
players in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare,
automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build
innovative 3D printing applications that aim to make the world a better
and healthier place. Headquartered in Belgium, with branches worldwide,
Materialise combines the largest group of software developers in the
industry with one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world.
For additional information, please visit: www.materialise.com.

About Materialise’s Manufacturing Division
Materialise
Manufacturing empowers 3D printing customers, both rapid prototyping and
additive manufacturing, to keep tight production deadlines and meet the
quality standards of even the most demanding industries. The division’s
designers and engineers work closely with customers to co-create new
products and applications that make meaningful use of 3D printing. Two
web platforms, Materialise OnSite for industrial orders and
i.materialise for small businesses and consumers, offer easy access to
one of the largest and most complete 3D printing facilities in the
world. In addition, a certified manufacturing environment caters to
customers who operate in highly regulated markets. For more information,
please visit: http://manufacturing.materialise.com/

For high resolution pictures please to visit our FTP: Manus
x Machina folder

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