MoMA's First Fashion Exhibit in 73 Years Includes Supreme, Kaepernick, and Yeezy

'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' is the MoMA's first fashion-focused exhibit since 1944.

No question about it, fashion is art. Still, more than seven decades have passed since the Museum of Modern Art's last fashion-focused exhibit. For the new Items: Is Fashion Modern? exhibit, the MoMA is presenting 111 pieces of clothing and accessories that have changed the world. The curated pieces, all taken from the 20th and 21st centuries, include a variety of traditional classics and more recent creations.

Among the standout pieces given the museum nod in the exhibition are the Supreme box logo (projected onto a white T-shirt), a pair of Converse All Stars circa 1950, a 70's-era Rolex, a punk rock safety pin (on a McLaren/Westwood/Reid x God Save the Queen T-shirt), a Colin Kaepernick jersey, and a pair of Adidas Superstars from 1983. According toHighsnobiety, a custom mask crafted from a pair of Yeezy 350 V2s is also included in the collection.

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Member previews for the Items exhibit started Wednesday. For the general public, the exhibition will be available for viewing starting Oct. 1. Survey a selection of the 111 chosen pieces below.


The exhibit's name is a callback to the MoMA's last fashion exhibit, Are Clothes Modern? in 1944. The WWII-era exhibit took a close look at traditional design's subtle persistence at the time, even in the face of emerging new ideas.

For a super reasonable $45, you can buy Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher's Items: Is Fashion Modern? exhibition catalogue right here.

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