The Test of Time

Fashion Photos by Light 18

This fall, The Museum of Modern Art takes on the daunting task of curating a design show that takes fashion as its focus with “Items: Is Fashion Modern?,” an exhibition of 111 items of clothing and accessories that helped change the world.

With today’s designers releasing up to six collections a year, items of clothing can often appear outdated before they even hit the selling floor. By placing the spotlight on clothing and accessories that defy trends, the fascinating question MoMA poses helps us examine our relationship with what we choose to wear, our social customs, and our global values.

Of interest to our readers, there are a small number of watches included in the show: a 1970s Rolex Datejust and a selection of Swatches from the brand’s archives. We here at Watch Journal would like to make some additional suggestions, because, like the other well-known items depicted here, not only have these timepieces defied trends, they’ve become significant icons themselves.—Stephen Watson

Rolex Datejust 41
Breguet Classique 7147
Classic Piqué L.12.12 Polo Shirt, Lacoste
New York Yankees Scarlet 59Fifty Hat, New Era $35;
Original 501 Jeans, Levi’s
Regent Fit Button Down Oxford Dress Shirt, Brooks Brothers
Patek Philippe Ref. 5119J
Classic Perfecto Leather Motorcycle Jacket, Schott N.Y.C.
Champion Life Men’s Hoodie $55;
Larson Weejuns, G.H. Bass & Co
Buffalo check wool shirt, Woolrich
Breitling Navitimer 01