MY BAG (0)
Bikini Society Rewards
be an ambassador
gift cards
03 May

Celebrating the Art of Fashion (and Bikinis)

Posted by Bikini Owner

The Met Gala isn't just about the red carpet — officially, it's meant to celebrate the big, new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute: Manus X Machina, which itself celebrates the art in fashion. The focus: machine and hand techniques in both couture and ready-to-wear. Among the 120-plus garments on display, you'll see details as ornate as silicone feathers, mermaid-like gelatin sequins, and hand-painted foam. Exhibit curator Andrew Bolton says, "The intent is to slow down the fashion system — people are so preoccupied by the next thing that there’s a lack of appreciation in the making of fashion."  

Here, then, is our way of slowing things down and appreciating the art of fashion — with a look at the super-exquisite and complicated work behind some incredibly gorgeous swimwear. 

Agua Bendita

Agua Bendita is known for its detailed designs, but this suit wins our hearts with an elaborate hand-embroidered sequin toucan, intricate seam banding, mixed media fabrics and printed panels. The materials — and sheer effort — involved in producing this piece blow our minds.


Agua Bendita bikini

Here’s another Agua Bendita suit, with precisely placed ruffles, rosettes and lace — all additions that require stronger skills than the regular cut-and-sew tactics.


Ale bikini

This beautiful bikini by ALE depicts the concept behind Manus X Machina, with both machine-made crochet and hand top-stitched details.


Seilenna bikini

Seilenna’s luxe set is handcrafted by artisans in France using digital prints, which highlights and contrasts the hand-sewn waist gathers and delicate bows – that’s true art.