MOMA, Is Fashion Modern?

The show, Items, Is Fashion Modern?, just opened at the MOMA this week.   I went there before speaking at LIM, down the street, a college dedicated to the business around fashion, so my first stop was MOMA couldn’t have been more fitting.

The exhibit shows how fashion design is part of our everyday life.  How some items are iconic yet we probably don’t think about those items in that way.  For instance, I loved that they just hung one white t-shirt.

Or the hooded sweatshirt.

Of course, the exhibit begins with a handful of little black dresses.

There are bodysuits


and of course, the DVF wrap dress.

The baby bjorn, a game changer.

Who hasn’t owned a good sweatsuit at one point?

I remember the Prada backpack hit the streets.  I first saw it at the original Barneys on 18th Street.  How could high-end fashion be so street?  Ends up, that was the beginning of that movement.

After the show, I spoke at LIM where I talked about my career and connections to the retail/wholesale/fashion/brand world.  Not one word to describe the industry anymore.   I always enjoy talking about those days as that foundation really set my career in motion.  I have been doing a lot of reflecting these days on how I got from there to here so the timing was great.  Answering questions and talking to the young people in the audience is always a highlight.  Questions are the best.  Seeing all of their excitement and concerns about their career ahead are ones that I didn’t spend a lot of time pondering about at that age.  These days I am pondering more and my guess is that the conversation that evening reflected that.

Comments (Archived):

  1. pointsnfigures

    never owned a tracksuit. When ever I see someone in one I think of the athletes from the USSR for some reason.

  2. Jeff Jones

    Very cool. My wife graduated from LIM.

  3. Sofia Papastamelos

    At this point I feel like there are no trends anymore. Everything comes back into style in some form or another. I wear my DVF wrap dress to work and Prada just sent a bunch of nylon bags down the spring runway 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal

      I hear u

  4. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Cool. I need to go see this. I have definite opinions about what should be included, ha!

  5. Heather Wetzler

    Raining in NYC today. So looks like I will be headed to the MoMa to check out the hoodies. I have fond memories of the MOMA as a 20+something. They use to have a great membership for young professionals that included openings and two great cocktail parties and the membership was reasonably priced. But one of the best things about it was it brought together people I would have not met otherwise.