Tuesday, September 5, 2017

MoMA Exhibit asks Is Fashion Modern?

Some Items From the List
The Museum of Modern Art has staged a follow up to Bernard Rudofsky’s 1944 “Are Clothes Modern?” exhibition, called “Is Fashion Modern?”  The list of items itself is worth purusing, including (from the C's) Clogs, Chinos, and Chanel №5.
Notwithstanding a broader issue - that many academics can have an awkwardness when discussing modern clothes that is almost an inverse of their facility in discussing modern films or novels or cars - actually visiting the exhibition seems like the same dodgy value proposition as going to a class reunion.  You already keep in touch with what you like, and are familiar enough with the rest to not need to see them any time soon.


  1. Once something makes it into a museum, it seems to lose all relevance. A better question might be, "Is fashion important?"

  2. Muffy - where do you order your clogs from? Thank you.

    1. Hanna Andersson, a little more than a decade ago.

  3. Thank you Muffy! I love your photos and great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  4. The one hundred and eleven is a fascinating list of items, Muffy. While I'm far removed from being a fashionista, I do enjoy great style. Too, I have always been interested in the role of fashion and fashion design throughout history for its interplay between political and cultural norms, so I would like to visit this exhibit. Mark Twain once said, "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society," while Shakespeare announced in Hamlet, "The apparel oft proclaims the man," and Emerson pondered, "I have wondered how long men would retain their ranks if divested of their clothing." Fashion is the vehicle that propels what has always been a powerful communication tool, but I don't think fashion is modern at all. Trends come and go, but often they are repeated with a twist, not really new at all.

  5. I love the picture you've got hanging above your items......... --Holly in PA