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Reflecting Fashion: Art and Fashion since Modernism

Museum of Modern Art, Foundation Ludwig Vienna, hosts an interesting exhibition that explores the relationship between fashion and art called Reflecting Fashion. This exhibition tries to give an answer to an issue that is still debated and discussed by sociologists, art historians, anthropologists and scholars of fashion: to what extent can fashion be defined as an art form? The answer is not easy and Fashion Reflecting won’t really help you to give a concrete answer to this riddle, although it serves as a point of reflection on the topic that offers a comprehensive view of how art and fashion have been interacting throughout history.



From the experiences of Futurism, Surrealism, and other subsequent artistic currents, collaborations have been established between designers and artists. Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and Man Ray, are clear examples of artists who use elements that are linked and inspired in fashion to create art. Plenty of those creations are gathered in this exhibition.

Reflecting Fashion offers a historic journey that begins in 1900 with the modernist currents; going through the rebel sixties and seventies with their concepts and new ways of making art (think of the Pop Art of Warhol), to reach the eighties and nineties Fashion with series by Cindy Sherman and finally to the present day.

The exhibition runs until the 23rd of September. There will also be activities such as parades, lectures, film screenings and many other things. You can get further information by consulting the gallery program Mumok here.


The Austrian capital pays tribute to fashion with Reflecting Fashion at the Museum of Modern Art Mumok. If you want to look back at the relationship between art and fashion throughout history, get accommodation in Vienna and visit the Mumok.