MoMA’s “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” Exhibition and Collection

111 garments and accessories that altered our perception of style, and 12 pieces you can buy

In 1944, architect and curator Bernard Rudofsky assembled “Are Clothes Modern?” at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art. It was the first of its kind—a fashion exhibition addressing the design, manufacturing and culture around clothes that seemed to be caught in the grips of pre-WWII traditional attitudes. On 1 October 2017 a similar exhibition, and the museum’s second look at clothing and accessories—both past and future—will …