Museum of Modern Art's Newest Exhibition Highlights The Best Diaspora Designers
NEW YORK, United States - The latest exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art is of a fashionable variety. Opening October 1, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?" marks the museum's first fashion exhibition since 1944. Spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, curators Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher brought together over 100 items (111 to be exact) of clothing and accessories "that have had a strong impact on the world and continue to hold currency today." PROTOChic took in the exhibition for a special preview and compiled a list of the best diaspora designers included (in alphabetical order).
Aran Sweater. Prototype commission by Laduma Ngxokolo
Dutch Wax. Two contemporary ensembles designed for Vlisco by Loza Maléombho and Stylista
Dashiki. Examples from New Breed (c. 1968), Lagos Balogun Market (contemporary)
Head Wrap. Three examples — gele, doek, turban
Jumpsuit. c. 1974 Stephen Burrows example from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
Kente Cloth. Late 1960s example by Julie “Chez Julie” Norteye lent by the Harn Museum of Art. Prototype commission by Bonwire master weaver, Ghana
Monogram. 1980s Dapper Dan Alpo Coat, from Dapper Dan’s archive
Space Age Collection (Pierre Cardin). Prototype commission by Pyer Moss
Sports Jersey. Colin Kaepernick’s, Pelé’s, Lisa Leslie’s
All photos by Freddie Lee Rankin II, FLRS Global for PROTOChic.