'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' | Abecedarium at MoMA

May 17, 2016 | By French Culture Arts
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'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' | Abecedarium at MoMA

Whether we call them fashion, apparel, clothes, accessories, garments, or numbers, the items we wear are central to our lives, our identities, and the ways in which we relate to society and the world. Because they are so essential and meaningful, they have been the subject of countless studies and exhibitions, from equally numerous points of view—art historical, sociological, aesthetic, technological, and more. The design angle, by nature a synthesis of all these approaches, is the one MoMA has chosen for this event, and for the upcoming exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern?

This event is invitation only, but we are very pleased to present a live stream. This event will have real-time captions accessible on any Internet-connected smartphone or tablet. Connect to free MoMA WiFi to access real-time captions on your device.

On Monday, May 16, 2016, MoMA senior curator Paola Antonelli, curator Alexandra Midal, and guests discussed in a daylong abecedarium around the upcoming exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern?: twenty-six iconic garments, accessories, and issues from the fashion universe, spanning the early 20th century to the present. A dynamic roster of designers, curators, critics, scholars, labor activists, and entrepreneurs explored these topics—one for each letter of the alphabet—in seven minute vignettes.

Image credit: Issey Miyake, Fujiwara Dai. A-POC Queen Textile. 1997. Issey Miyake, Inc., Tokyo. The Museum of Modern Art. Gift of Miyake Design Studio. Composite image by Pascal Roulin
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