Exhibition: New York’s MoMA embraces fashion for second time

The Museum of Modern Art last devoted a show to clothes in 1944. Its new show considers the last 100 years of dress.

What happens when you put a pair of Spanx in a museum? They start to speak. With the ambitious and exhilarating Items: Is Fashion Modern?, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) presents a series of ordinary garments in conversation with themselves, each other and their wearers.

This is only the second time the New York institution has devoted a show to the subject of clothes. The last was in 1944, when renowned architect and designer Bernard Rudofsky brought an interrogative and cantankerous approach to what he called “the field in which the greatest number of people manifest their aesthetic sense, for better or worse”.

by Hermione Hoby at The Guardian

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