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October 2, 2017
Text: Annie Block
MoMA Explores the Fashion Items That Have Shaped the Century
The little black dress, the polo shirt, the moon boot. Examples of these along with 100 other garments that have impacted the world over the last century appear in “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” October 1 to January 28 at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown. In addition to this being the institution’s first exhibition devoted to the subject in 73 years, it also stands out because Paola Antonelli, senior curator, department of architecture and design, and director, research and development, organized it. “The impetus comes from my belief that a history of design is not complete without fashion,” Antonelli says. “It’s long overdue.” But its tardiness is made up with its comprehensiveness, loosely grouped into such categories as gender (think Wonderbra), technology (Gore-Tex), introversion (the hoodie), and the everyday (Levi’s 501s). Additionally, select designers have been invited to create 21st-century interpretations of classic pieces through photographs and prototypes.