A First Look at MoMA’s Items: Is Fashion Modern? Exhibition

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This autumn, Italian-born design curator Paola Antonelli is putting fashion back on the map at the Museum of Modern Art. Although not entirely new territory for MoMA, fashion was last exhibited there in a 1944 show called Are Clothes Modern? Referencing that title and asking the same question, Items: Is Fashion Modern?, organised by Antonelli, opens 1 October at MoMA. “The exhibition features items of clothing – some humble masterpieces, others high fashion – that tell the history of design,” says Antonelli. It took six months to fine-tune the garments, which range from the little black dress to the hijab. Click ahead to discover some of the exhibition’s 111 items, or as Antonelli calls them, “garments that changed the world.” –Stephanie Sporn

Image: Pencil skirt interpreted for Items: Is Fashion Modern? by Bobby Doherty. © 2017 Bobby Doherty. Image courtesy The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

A First Look at MoMA’s Items: Is Fashion Modern? Exhibition

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