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Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

Items: Is Fashion Modern?

Exhibition from 1 October 2017 to 28 January 2018

The Cartier Collection was invited to the MoMA for a major exhibition about the icons of fashion that marked the 20th century. It was the first time since 1944 that this theme had been showcased at the MoMA. A Love bracelet from 1977 which belonged to Elizabeth Taylor completed a selection of 111 objects brought together to reposition fashion in the field of art and design, and in its political, social, and cultural context. The Love bracelet, an icon of romantic relationships designed by Aldo Cipullo in 1969 for Cartier New York, was displayed alongside other emblematic pieces such as jeans, the bikini, the little black dress and even the sari. To mark the occasion, MoMA also invited several artists, designers, engineers and craftspeople to interpret 30 of these icons. Using innovative materials, the artists connected the history of these icons with their contemporary uses. On display was a prototype of the Love bracelet, created by Japan-based artist and designer duo Verbal and Yoon.

Items: Is Fashion Modern?

Installation view of Items: Is Fashion Modern?
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 1, 2017-January 28, 2018.
© 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck