The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Manus x Machina:Fashion in an Age of Technology” is officially a hit! Today, the museum announced it’s extending the exhibition for three more weeks to last through Labor Day. Since its opening on May 5, more than 350,000 visitors have checked out the collection of 170 ensembles that explore how designers marry handmade and machine-made when designing haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. Based on attendance to-date it’d be no surprise if numbers were on par with those of previous exhibits “China: Through the Looking Glass” (815,992 total) and “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” (661,509 total).
“With the transformation of the Robert Lehman Wing into a breathtaking cathedral to couture, we want to give as many people as possible the chance to experience this exhibition,” said Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of The Met, in a statement. “The show invites visitors to explore the artistry of over 170 haute couture and ready-to-wear ensembles. It is a wonderful way to discover the magic behind the making of fashion.”