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MOMA’s Items: is fashion modern?

The new MOMA‘s exhibition delves into history of iconic apparel.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art is opening its first fashion-only show in over 70 years, telling the stories of the garments and accessories that form the foundation of how we dress today. Items: Is Fashion Modern? fills the entire sixth floor of the museum, and includes 111 typologies each selected for its importance over the last 100 years.

From berets to bandannas, and burkas to bikinis, together they reveal the changes in how we have presented ourselves over the past century, both as individuals and collectives.

The exhibition is organized by MoMA senior curator of architecture and design Paola Antonelli, and curatorial assistant Michelle Millar Fisher.

 

The exhibition ends on perhaps the most ubiquitous item of clothing of all: the white T-shirt.

For around 30 of the typologies, the curators asked designers to envision potential futures for the wardrobe staples using new materials or technology. They are displayed beside their stereotypes.

All the typologies are listed on the wall at the entrance to the exhibition. Close by is a store selling a rotating selection of limited-edition, MoMA-branded versions of pieces in the show – Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses, Yankees baseball caps and printed silk scarves are among the selection.

 

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