Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936–2008). Evening dress, autumn/winter 1969–70 haute couture. French. Silk, bird-of-paradise feathers. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, 1983 (1983.619.1a, b). Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope #ManusxMachina #CostumeInstitute

Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936–2008). Evening dress, autumn/winter 1969–70 haute couture. French. Silk, bird-of-paradise feathers. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, 1983 (1983.619.1a, b). Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope #ManusxMachina #CostumeInstitute

Charles James - This dress, one of James' most famous creations and a marvel of draping and structure, weighs 18 pounds and uses twenty-five yards of tulle.

Charles James - This dress, one of James' most famous creations and a marvel of draping and structure, weighs 18 pounds and uses twenty-five yards of tulle.

Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984). Dress, autumn/winter 2013–14 haute couture. Dutch. Silicone, cotton. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2016.14) | Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope. #ManusxMachina #CostumeInstitute

Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984). Dress, autumn/winter 2013–14 haute couture. Dutch. Silicone, cotton. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2016.14) | Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope. #ManusxMachina #CostumeInstitute

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). "Petal" evening stole, 1956. Silk/rayon, silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). "Petal" evening stole, 1956. Silk/rayon, silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Wedding cloche, 1932. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mr. Lee Harwood, 1972 (2009.300.3354)

Wedding cloche, 1932. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mr. Lee Harwood, 1972 (2009.300.3354)

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