It's been over seven decades, but a fashion exhibit is finally making its way into the hallowed halls of New York's Museum of Modern Art.
Unlike the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume institute exhibit, which focuses on a specific designer or cerebral theme, Items: Is Fashion Modern? will shed the spotlight on more everyday fashion items. The collection will include 111 different pieces, with a special focus on items that have had a long-lasting impact on American culture at large.
Some of the standout pieces are things that people encounter out in the real world, like Levi's 501 jeans, Converse All-Stars, and Calvin Klein briefs. But it's because they've become everyday items that they're in the exhibition. Instead of shining a rarified light on couture, the show is hoping to bring common items into a different context.
There are some high-concept pieces in the exhibit, however. Issey Miyake’s A-POC, a long, continuous dress that several models wore simultaneously, and Moon Boots will be on display in an area focusing on size and form. To bring things back to Earth, a Wonderbra will sit alongside those two items. Little black dresses and pieces associated with "power," like suiting and a Hermès Birkin bag will also be included.
To illustrate modesty, senior curator Paola Antonelli included a range of clothing pieces that span a variety of cultures, including a hijab, a bikini, a very timely slip dress, and leather pants.
The exhibition is set to open on October 1 and will run through January 28, 2018.
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