Autumn Art Guide: “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” at MoMA, New York


Fall is here, and with that comes not only great fashion but even greater art: it’s the official opening of the art calendar year, with museums and galleries alike opening their most anticipated shows of the year. Starting off in the Big Apple, and arguably, the center of the international art world, is MoMA’s new fashion exhibition, the first of its kind at the museum in 70 years! Items picks up where the last exhibition left off, examining 111 archetypes of contemporary dress culture, investigating how they’ve been employed by haute couture and mass fashion alike. Meet classics such as Levis 501s and the little black dress (reinvented repeatedly, from Chanel to Rick Owens via Mugler), as well as ubiquitous objects like the fanny-pack and flip flops, and get to know emerging garments like the controversial Burkini. An immense amount of historical research has gone into the exhibition, which fascinates, educates, and entertains as it unveils the complex role fashion has in our everyday lives. Let’s just hope that it won’t be another 70 years before MoMA’s next fashion exhibition.

Items: Is Fashion Modern?
Through January 28, 2018
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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