Items: Is Fashion Modern?

Museum of Modern of Art. September 27, 2017 – February 6, 2018

Selected press:

New York Times, MoMA Pluges Headfirst into Fashion

NPR, We Are What We Wear: Exhibition Examines Clothing That Changed the World

W magazine,  What to Expect from MoMA’s First Fashion Exhibition In 73 Years

The New Yorker, MoMA Makes a List of Iconic Fashion Items

The New Yorker, Paragons of Style

QZ,  111 iconic objects that defined the last century of fashion, according to New York’s MoMA

New York Times, Van Gogh on Five, Wonderbra on Six: A Tour of MoMA’s New Fashion Exhibit

Cool Hunting, MoMA’s ‘Items: Is Fashion Modern?’ Exhibition and Collection

Vogue, What to Expect From MoMA’s First Fashion Exhibition in 70 Years

Items: Is Fashion Modern? explores the present, past—and sometimes the future—of 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries—and continue to hold currency today. Among them are pieces as well-known and transformative as the Levi’s 501s, the Breton shirt, and the Little Black Dress, and as ancient and culturally charged as the sari, the pearl necklace, the kippah, and the keffiyeh.

Items commissioned thirty designers, engineers, and manufacturers to respond to some of these indispensable items with pioneering materials, approaches, and techniques—extending this conversation into the near and distant futures, and connecting the history of these garments with their present recombination and use. Driven first and foremost by objects, not designers, the exhibition considers the many relationships between fashion and functionality, culture, aesthetics, politics, labor, identity, economy, and technology.