The term modern can be defined as “of or relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past.”
Fashion is not a subject that New Yorker’s take lightly and as the museum of modern Arts drifts into uncharted waters by introducing an exhibit called Items: Is fashion modern?, addressing the topic of fashion through a modern lens in a city full of experts may be risky.
In the Museums words,“[the exhibit] explores the present, past, and future of 99 items—garments, accessories, and accoutrements—that have had a strong impact on history and society in the 20th and 21st centuries, and continue to hold currency today”.
MOMA has tried to stay away from fashion related exhibitions in the past however they believe it’s time to pull this off. By taking an interesting approach to the exhibit, the museum will hon in on the fashion relics and designs that capture the 20th and 21st centuries. This strategy will eliminate the error of including fads and short lived trends we often associate with our time and direct the spotlight on well-known and trans-formative fashion such as the Levi’s 501s, the Casio watch, and the Little Black Dress.
Contextual pieces will go along with the designs to aid observers in understanding the pieces in their entirety.
The anticipation of the exhibition opening will draw observers from far and near to experience modern art in 99 pieces.
If you haven’t already made any plans for 2017, be sure to make the trip to MOMA in New York and check out Items: Is Fashion Modern?