99 iconic items of clothing, including a white t-shirt, LBD (little black dress) Levi 501s and a Casio watch as well as ancient articles of clothing, will be explored through their historical and anthropological importance.

Installation view of the exhibition Are Clothes Modern? The Museum of Modern Art, November 28, 1944–March 4, 1945. New York. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, Photographic Archive. Photo: Soichi Sunami Installation view of the exhibition Are Clothes Modern? The Museum of Modern Art, November 28, 1944–March 4, 1945. New York. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, Photographic Archive. Photo: Soichi Sunami

In a blog post on the MoMA's website, curator Paola Antonell wrote: "Historically, the museum has deliberately chosen not to engage with fashion in its galleries or its repositories, wary of those most anti-modern terms with which it is often derided: ephemeral, seasonal, faddish."

The pieces will be displayed in the social context of the era they are from (who can forget those Levi 501s laundrette commercials) which MoMA is calling ''the stereotype'' portion of the exhibition.

“Buttons” and “Pockets” in Bernard Rudofsky’s catalogue for the exhibition Are Clothes Modern? The caption reads, “Fully clothed man carries seventy or more buttons, most of them useless. He has at his disposal two dozen pockets.” “Buttons” and “Pockets” in Bernard Rudofsky’s catalogue for the exhibition Are Clothes Modern? The caption reads, “Fully clothed man carries seventy or more buttons, most of them useless. He has at his disposal two dozen pockets.”

A new generation of designers, engineers and manufacturers will be part of the ''prototype'' segment of the exhibition which will recreate these iconic items using pioneering methods and materials, immortalising the clothing.

The exhibition explores the concept of the object, rather than addressing the designer behind these iconic pieces. Factors which decide how clothing is created: fashion and functionality, cultural etiquettes, aesthetics, politics, labor, identities, economies, and technology will all be part of the display.

Items: Is Fashion Modern? will run at MoMA from December 10, 2017–April 1, 2018. Discover more here.

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