Is fashion modern? | HOW TO SEE the Items exhibition with MoMA curator Paola Antonelli

Is fashion modern? MoMA Senior Curator Paola Antonelli explores this and many other questions in MoMA’s first fashion exhibition in over seventy years. Structured around a list of 111 items, from the bikini to the burkini to the original Birkin Bag, the Savile Row suit to the white T-shirt, the exhibition considers the many relationships between fashion and functionality, culture, aesthetics, politics, labor, identity, economy, and technology.

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FASHION AS DESIGN is a new course by MoMA that explores a selection of garments from around the world—ranging from Kente cloth to jeans to 3D-printed dresses. Each week will begin with a conversation between the course instructors—Paola Antonelli, Michelle Fisher, and Stephanie Kramer—that introduces the themes, items, and questions that we will explore. Sign-up:

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Items: Is Fashion Modern? was organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, and Michelle Millar Fisher, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, with Stephanie Kramer, Anna Burckhardt, and Kristina Parsons.

Special thanks to Betty Fisher, Tae Smith and team, Aaron Harrow, Mike Gibbons and team, Elle Kim, Kevin Ballon, Jennifer Wolfe, Regan Hillman, Lynda Zycherman and team, and Tom Krueger and team.

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