The MoMa Connection

Linda Loppa is a member of the Advisory Council for MoMA’s fashion exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern?, curated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design and Director of R&D. On May 15th and 16th, a Salon discussion and Abecedarium (alphabet of fashion) will be held in New York, and live streamed around the …

Linda Loppa is a member of the Advisory Council for MoMA’s fashion exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern?, curated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design and Director of R&D. On May 15th and 16th, a Salon discussion and Abecedarium (alphabet of fashion) will be held in New York, and live streamed around the world.

Whether we call them fashion, apparel, clothes, accessories, garments, or numbers, the items we wear are central to our lives, our identities, and the ways in which we relate to society and the world. Because they are so essential and meaningful, they have been the subject of countless studies and exhibitions, from equally numerous points of view—art historical, sociological, aesthetic, technological, and more. The design angle, by nature a synthesis of all these approaches, is the one MoMA has chosen for this event, and for the upcoming exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern?

IS FASHION MODERN? A SALON

Sunday, May 15, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

The salon will reprise the question in Bernard Rudofsky’s 1944 MoMA exhibition Are Clothes Modern? Recalibrating this question for our present moment, we will consider the ways in which fashion is part of our culture, as well as how items are designed, manufactured, and distributed. We will ponder the multivalent relationships between clothing and functionality, cultural etiquettes, aesthetics, politics, labor, economics, and technology.

Four speakers will discuss how the designs we wear shape us and the worlds we inhabit, dissecting contemporary experiences of and attitudes toward the items in global circulation today.

More information: www.moma.org/calendar/events/2002

ITEMS ABECEDARIUM

Monday, May 16, 9.30am – 6.15pm

Twenty-six iconic garments, accessories, and issues from the fashion universe, spanning the early 20th century to the present, will be discussed in a daylong abecedarium on Monday, May 16. A dynamic roster of designers, curators, critics, scholars, labor activists, and entrepreneurs will explore these topics – one for each letter of the alphabet – in seven minute vignettes.

Program: www.moma.org/calendar/events/2003