Is Fashion Modern? MoMA’s Latest Exhibition Explores

The Museum of Modern Art presents Items: Is Fashion Modern?,  an investigation of garments and accessories that have had a profound effect on the world over the last century.

Inspired by advancements in technology, social dynamics, aesthetics, and political awareness, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has dedicated its first exhibition, Items: Is Fashion Modern?, to fashion. Exploring it thematically, MoMA is displaying powerful and enduring manifestations of the ways in which fashion has touched everyone, everywhere.


Founded in 1929. MoMA is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world by establishing, preserving, and documenting a collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art. Looking to encourage a deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art the exhibition has looked too designers, artists, scientists, engineers, and manufacturers.

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Of the 350 being exhibited, about 30 items are complemented by a new prototype- a commissioned or loaned piece.  These pieces include Richard Nicoll x XO fibre-optic dress, a customizable Breton shirt by 3D knitting company Unmade, first lab-grown leather from Modern Meadow and Bolt Threads x Stella McCartney dress woven from artificial spider silk.

Richard Nicoll x XO fibre-optic dress

Organised by Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher, the title of the exhibition reprises the question that architect and curator Bernard Rudofsky raised with his 1944 MoMA exhibition Are Clothes Modern?. It also examins several concepts like the Little Black Dress, whilst providing a springboard (and a foil) from which to consider the ways in which fashion is designed, manufactured, marketed, distributed, worn, and disposed of today.

3-D printed dress in the Museum of Modern Art

Supported by WGSN and Hyundai Card, the exhibition will run from Monday 1st October 2017 until 28th January 2018, so be sure to check it out.

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