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. 

Dapper Dan. Shot on film by Freddie Lee Rankin II

Dapper Dan. Shot on film by Freddie Lee Rankin II

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.