The Museum Of Modern Art here in New York has a new exhibit entitled “Is Fashion Modern?” I went to check it out on Friday, when the museum is free in the late afternoon. The scene was a perfect illustration of the genius behind the law forbidding yelling fire in a crowded building. I deftly weaved through the throng of glazed-eyed people wearing their backpacks on their chest (#frontpack) until I found what I sought: Brooks Brothers buttondowns.
That’s right, the everyday staple you’ve been wearing for decades (or have been recently converted to) were there in all the bright sterility of a modern art museum. An icon, the Brooks buttondown surely is, but to paraphrase the old philistine’s cliché, is it art?
Here’s the accompanying labels:
Also included in the exhibit were polo shirts by Lacoste, Polo and Fred Perry:
The museum items themselves may not be art, but the act of dressing most certainly is. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD