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How to Sound Like a Curator: 12 Terms to Know Before Seeing “Manus x Machina” at the Met

There are many similarities between fashion and flowers besides temporality. Christian Dior, who once described his ideal woman as a “femme fleur,” designed skirts that looked like upside-down tulips. Even if a silhouette is not flowerlike, it can be festooned and made ultra-romantic with the addition of PARURIER FLORAL (artificial flowers).

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How to Sound Like a Curator: 12 Terms to Know Before Seeing “Manus x Machina” at the Met

Couture houses have two main divisions, concentrated on two different silhouettes. One is dedicated to TAILLEUR (tailoring) . . .

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Embroidery for a haute couture dress - fashion atelier; fabric embellishment; fashion in the making

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How to Sound Like a Curator: 12 Terms to Know Before Seeing “Manus x Machina” at the Met

Silhouette is just one of fashion’s charms; embellishment is another. Couture houses work with specialists in their varied fields, or MÉTIERS, to achieve breathtaking effects, like PLISSAGE (pleating) and FOLDING, which can be applied to garments as far apart as a schoolgirl’s kilt, a Grecian-goddess dress, or a bouffant evening gown.

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How to Sound Like a Curator: 12 Terms to Know Before Seeing “Manus x Machina” at the Met

The equivalent of a writer’s first draft is the designer’s TOILE. Simple, inexpensive fabric is used to make a prototype of the final design.

"Vilmiron" Christian Dior Spring/Summer 1952, "degradé" embroidery (it fades away)

Exquisite ball gown by Christian Dior, photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, location Chateau de Madrid, 1947

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How to Sound Like a Curator: 12 Terms to Know Before Seeing “Manus x Machina” at the Met

All types of feathers, from marabou to coq, are used in PLUMASSERIE (featherwork).