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Announcing the Edit from Olivia Kim in Celebration of The Costume Institute’s Spring Exhibition, Manus x Machina

In her role as consultant to The Met Store, Olivia Kim will introduce a selection of new designer pieces to the Manus x Machina exhibition store and curate her favorite picks

Today, The Met Store announces The Edit from Olivia Kim as part of a new retail collaboration in celebration of the Manus x Machina exhibition which opened Thursday, May 5th. 

The first partnership of its kind, Kim worked with The Met Store team to consult on the curation of merchandise featured in the Store, and selected limited edition items from both known designers to up-and-coming names to be introduced in-store throughout the course of the exhibition. Included on the list of new introductions are Marques Almeida, Hussein Chalayan, Cirque Colors, Paskal, and Simone Rocha, all whose products celebrate the dichotomy of the hand and the machine in their respective ways. Additionally, Kim curated her favorite items from the Manus x Machina exhibition store which will be featured with her unique perspective across The Met Store’s online and brick-and-mortar locations, as well as in social media, creating an immersive omnichannel shopping experience. 

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Olivia Kim, consultant on the curation of the Manus x Machina exhibition store

Kim, who is currently the Vice President of Creative Projects at Nordstrom, is known for both her sharp eye for spotting emerging talent, and for her ability to break away from the traditional approaches of retail with engaging and exciting experiences. Olivia Kim joined Nordstrom in February 2013 and currently acts as Vice President of Creative Projects. Kim focuses on creating energy, excitement, and inspiration through curated partnerships, the Pop-In@Nordstrom series of pop-up shops, and the in-store boutique SPACE featuring emerging and advanced designers. A long-time champion of emerging designers, Kim aims to create new, interesting and unique experiences for customers and introduce them to the best up-and-coming brands and new talent. A prominent figure in the fashion industry, prior to joining Nordstrom Kim was a founding member of and Vice President of Creative at Opening Ceremony where she was responsible for the retailer’s leadership in merchandising and store planning, art direction, and collaborative projects.

“The exhibition store is always one of my favorite parts of visiting the Museum – it’s the cherry on top of an inspiring and beautiful exhibit” said Kim. “Manus x Machina showcases the wow elements of fashion, and as the last touch point of your experience the store is a way for visitors to take home a piece of what we saw.  In my job I’m constantly looking for new, exciting brands and discovering what’s out there in the world, and so to partner with the Museum to bring in new talent and ideas to the retail offering is super exciting. We will be introducing new merchandise partnerships throughout the run of the exhibition that represent some of my favorite fashion techniques from some of my favorite designers out there, which we hope helps bring the exhibit to life.”

On Wednesday, May 11th Olivia will launch new introductions to the Manus x Machina exhibition store as a part of the Edit from Olivia Kim, created by the following designers:


A look from the Fall/Winter 2014 Marques Almeida collection, available in-store in June

Marques Almeida. “Leave it to Marques Almeida to take two simple ides (a tee shirt and a handful of feathers) and create a stunning sheer top that can be dressed up or down,” says Kim. The Met Store will offer two striking designs by the design duo, exemplifying the link between the haute couture métier of plumasserie (featherwork) and the popular use of the material in avant-garde ready-to-wear. Selected by Kim, a red ostrich feather and leather wallet with detachable wristlet/cross-body straps and a red silk chiffon top with embroidered feathers are inspired by the award-winning designers’ fall/winter 2014 collection. The wallet is available in store on May 11th, the top will arrive in early June.


A top by Hussein Chalayan, launching in-store May 11

Hussein Chalayan. Known for his minimal and innovative designs incorporating cutting edge technology, British designer Hussein Chalayan has multiple ensembles on view in the Manus x Machina exhibition. “He’s a brilliant creator and a legendary designer” said Kim. Chosen for their graphic and eye-catching designs, The Met Store will offer two styles of men’s t-shirts, the Statistics print t-shirt and the Cigar t-shirt offered in black or white. For women, the Flagship top will be offered in black or white. Available in store on May 11th.


One of our two exclusive Cirque Colors nail lacquer sets, created in collaboration with Olivia Kim inspired by the materials and techniques shown in “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”

Cirque Colors. “Mix and match them across all ten of your fingers!” says Kim. This first-ever beauty offering for The Met Store was created exclusively for the Museum by Annie Pham, founder of Cirque Colors, in collaboration with Olivia Kim. The Brooklyn-based company is known for trend setting special effect lacquers and created six special shades with Kim in honor of materials and techniques from the exhibition including “Raven,” “Tulle,” “Pret-a-Pearl,” “Moon Dust,” “Ultrasonic,” and “Laser Jet.” The Met Store will offer two nail lacquer sets named “Manus” and “Machina” as well as each color individually. Available in store May 11th.


A look designed by Paskal. Find the jacket and top in-store on May 11

PASKAL. “Pink is my favorite color!” says Kim. Launched in 2010 by Ukranian designer Julie Paskal, the brand is known for its unique design practices centered on laser-cutting. The Met Store will offer a jacket, multi-layer shirt, and top, that utilize both hand and machine techniques in a vibrant shade of pink. Available in store May 11th.


A handbag from the Spring/Summer 2016 Simone Rocha collection, available in-store starting May 11

Simone Rocha. “Inspired by the work of Japanese photographer, Nobuyoshi Araki, and his subversive use of bondage in his pictures, Simone Rocha developed a silk sailor cord belt that looks great around the waist, or as a sash across the body,” says Kim. The Met Store will offer this exquisite belt, as well as five handbag styles and two brooches from the designer’s 2016 collections in a palette of black and pink.  Available in store May 11th.

Kim also curated a selection of her favorite products from the shop, available in-stores and online now, including:


A close-up look at an ensemble shown in Manus x Machina by photographer Nicholas Alan Cope

Iris Van Herpen: Ensemble Print “Iris van Herpen is one of the most experimental designers. Her print of the close-up detail of a 3D-printed piece is at the core of the exhibition. A true work of technology and art.”


A bookmark by Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Tabi Bookmark “Always provocative and witty, Maison Martin Margiela accessories are fun and collectible. I love the Tabi bookmark, based on the insole from his iconic split-toe shoes. This is a perfect companion with the Manus x Machina exhibition catalog.”


Issey Miyake’s famous Bao Bao Tote

Issey Miyake Bao Bao Lucent Basic Tote “Iconic, brilliant, and smart. Issey Miyake’s Bao Bao Bags invoke conversations for their architectural look and feel.”



  1. This is a wonderful idea! At first I thought I wouldn’t like it, but after reviewing the examples here, I see that the designs are new and exciting. While I may not like everything, I know I will love some of it and will look at the catalog and visit your store with renewed enthusiasm and the expectation of seeing something innovative, new, and vibrant. Thank you!!


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