STYLES | PERIODS | WRITINGS ON FASHION

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The Museum of Modern Art

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Paperback, 8 x 10 in. / 288 pgs / 350 color.

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Pub Date
Forthcoming

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Catalog: FALL 2017 p. 27   

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ISBN 9781633450363 TRADE
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MoMA explores the present, past, and future of 111 "indispensable" fashion items — garments, accessories, and accoutrements — of the modern age
  • From Converse All Stars to Diane Von Furstenberg's wrap dress.
  • An A to Z Encyclopedia of vernacular fashion: Includes Levis, Adidas, the backpack, little black dress, Dashiki, Brooks Brothers Oxford shirt, the Hoodie, and Havainia flip flops
  • The entries tell the "story" of the clothing i.e. The Bucket Hat starts as an Israeli Settler hat to South Africa staple to LL Cool J the American rapper with a stop on Bob Denver's head on Gilligan's Island.
  • Exhibition at MOMA is the museum's first fashion exhibition in 60 years
  • Major press covereage in both art and fashion media.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

New York
The Museum of Modern Art, 09/26/17 - 01/28/18

  

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Items: Is Fashion Modern?

Edited with text by Paola Antonelli, Michelle Millar Fisher. Text by Luke Baker, Anna Burckhardt, Stephanie Kramer, Mei Mei Rado, Jennifer Tobias.

Items: Is Fashion Modern? presents 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a profound impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Arranged A-Z encyclopedia-style, it includes designs as iconic as Levi’s 501 jeans, the pearl necklace and Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking, and as ancient and rich as the sari, the Breton shirt, the kippah and the keffiyeh.

The catalog accompanies the first fashion exhibition to be mounted at MoMA since 1944. An essay by curator Paola Antonelli opens the volume, highlighting the Museum’s unique perspective on fashion and exploring the latter's role in the changing international landscape of design. The 111 texts that follow trace the history of each item in relation to cultural forces past and present, touching on labor, marketing, technology, religion, politics, aesthetics and popular culture, among many others. These concise essays are richly illustrated with a lively mix of archival images, fashion photography, film stills and documentary shots.

Punctuating the book are newly commissioned portfolios by five international contemporary photographers—Omar Victor Diop, Bobby Doherty, Catherine Losing, Monika Mogi and Kristin-Lee Moolman. Each photographer was assigned to represent the objects in one alphabetically ordered section of the book, and their diverse responses bring a vibrant creative energy to the project.

Design objects are complex indicators of larger social, cultural, political and economic contexts, and fashion is no exception. Kaleidoscopic yet exacting, Items takes readers through the history and significance of clothing that has changed the world, from the bucket hat’s multifaceted sartorial journey to the ubiquity and perennial popularity of the white t-shirt and the ever-changing silhouette of the little black dress. It locates new centers of gravity for the field of fashion and asserts its role as an incisive and confident contributor to the broad pantheon of design and the visual arts.


Items: Is Fashion Modern?

STATUS: Forthcoming | 9/26/2017

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FROM THE BOOK
Excerpt, BALLET FLATS

Derived from the original heeled and buckled version worn by female dancers of France’s Académie Royale de Danse starting in 1681, the ballet flat’s progenitor developed around 1730, when French dancer Marie Anne de Cupis de Ca- margo removed the heel from her shoe to improve her mobility, thereby becoming one of the first ballerinas to dance in flat soled shoes.

Across the Atlantic in 1887 an Italian immigrant named Salvatore Capezio opened a small shoe repair shop near the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Capezio’s creations eventually caught the eye of trail-blazing American designer Claire McCardell, who commissioned Capezio to add a hard sole to the soft dance shoe for her 1941 collection. While wartime leather shortages were the impetus for the collaboration, McCardell nonetheless recognized the potential of the ballet flat for the modern woman whose life had become increasingly multifaceted. The shoe proved a success and was soon promoted by such stores as Lord & Taylor and Neiman Marcus, and in 1949 a bright yellow pair of Capezio ballet flats appeared on the cover of Vogue.

As the ballet flat increasingly became associated with modernity, the style was soon adopted by a range of different women, from subcultural trendsetters to Hollywood actresses. Considered one of the first to develop a Beat style, Diane diPrima paired her ballet slippers with a black nylon leotard and jeans as a freshman at Swathmore in 1951, observing that “blonde girls in cashmere sweaters with single strands of pearls seem to own this place.” Taking a cue from her costuming in such films as Roman Holiday (1953), Sabrina (1954) and Funny Face (1957), Audrey Hepburn became a famed promoter of the ballet flat, both as an elegant foil to a dress, as well as a modish complement to an all-black pants ensemble. In fact, shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo was so inspired by Hepburn’s espousal of the look, that in 1954 he designed a round-toed flat called the “Audrey.” However in 1956 the ballet flat reached its pinnacle when Bridgitte Bardot wore a bright red pair with red capri pants and a Breton top in the Roger Vadim film, Et Dieu... créa la femme (And God Created Woman). Commissioned by Bardot herself from French designer Rose Repetto, whose namesake shop near the National Opera of Paris had been supplying shoes to dancers since 1947, the “Cendrillon Ballerina”, as the shoe was named, ignited a new wave of popularity for the ballet flat, as Bardot’s combination of sex appeal and tomboyish nonchalance endowed the shoe with a spirit that resonated with women.

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Items: Is Fashion Modern?

ITEMS: IS FASHION MODERN?

Edited with text by Paola Antonelli, Michelle Millar Fisher. Text by Luke Baker, Anna Burckhardt, Stephanie Kramer, Mei Mei Rado, Jennifer Tobias.

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

ISBN: 9781633450363 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 9/26/2017
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GINGERNUTZ

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MW EDITIONS

ISBN: 9780998701806 | US $27.50

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A Portrait of Fashion

A PORTRAIT OF FASHION

Text by Aileen Ribeiro, Cally Blackman.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

ISBN: 9781855145566 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 4/26/2016
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The Belgians

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HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775740319 | US $60.00

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HIPPIE CHIC

Text by Lauren D. Whitley.

MFA PUBLICATIONS

ISBN: 9780878467952 | US $35.00

Pub Date: 7/31/2013
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Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress

JOAQUíN SOROLLA AND THE GLORY OF SPANISH DRESS

QUEEN SOFíA SPANISH INSTITUTE

ISBN: 9780615548180 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 3/31/2013
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An ABC of Hermès Crafts

AN ABC OF HERMèS CRAFTS

By Olivier Saillard.

ACTES SUD

ISBN: 9782330002756 | US $25.00

Pub Date: 9/30/2012
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Sixties Fashion

SIXTIES FASHION

Edited by Adelheid Rasche.

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

ISBN: 9783865607980 | US $43.00

Pub Date: 8/31/2010
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The Concise Dictionary of Dress

THE CONCISE DICTIONARY OF DRESS

Photographs by Norbert Schoerner. Edited by Robert Violette.

VIOLETTE EDITIONS

ISBN: 9781900828352 | US $39.95

Pub Date: 7/31/2010
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Dressing for Pleasure in Rubber, Vinyl & Leather

DRESSING FOR PLEASURE IN RUBBER, VINYL & LEATHER

Edited by Jonny Trunk, Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell.

FUEL PUBLISHING

ISBN: 9780956356239 | US $32.95

Pub Date: 11/30/2010
Out of print | Not Available


Fashion at the Time of Fascism

FASHION AT THE TIME OF FASCISM

Edited by Mario Lupano, Alessandra Vaccari.

DAMIANI

ISBN: 9788862080514 | US $60.00

Pub Date: 10/31/2009
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Contemporary Indian Fashion

CONTEMPORARY INDIAN FASHION

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DAMIANI

ISBN: 9788862081009 | US $60.00

Pub Date: 10/31/2009
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