MoMA's "Items: Is Fashion Modern?" Exhibition Is a Tribute to Historical Fashion Staples

An in-depth look at 99 fashion pieces including Doc Marten boots, the basic white tee and more.

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Sure to peak interest among art enthusiasts and style savants, New York’s Museum of Modern Art will be welcoming an intriguing exhibition dedicated to historical fashion staples next year. The show, titled “Items: Is Fashion Modern?,” will be hosting a curated selection of 99 garments and accessories that will explore each item along three tiers: prototype, archetype and stereotype. Featuring 20th and 21st century pieces, the show’s main focus will put the spotlight on historical tributes to fashion mainstays such as the simple white T-shirt, classic Doc Martens boots, the little black dress, and of course American denim icon Levi’s jeans. “Historically, the museum has deliberately chosen not to engage with fashion in its galleries or its repositories, wary of those most anti-modern terms with which it is often derided: ephemeral, seasonal, faddish,” said senior architecture and design curator Paola Antonelli.

“Items: Is Fashion Modern?” will be hitting the contemporary gallery space of the MoMA’s second floor sometime at the end of 2017.

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