Louis Vuitton (Takashi Murakami),“Speedy 30” monogram handbag, multicolor printed canvas and leather, 2003, France, Museum purchase.

Exhibition, Fashion & Textile History Gallery New York, until 10 May 2014.
Trend-ology examines the vast array of sources from which fashion trends have developed over the past 250 years. Having emerged from high-fashion runways and urban street style, they have also derived from art, music, novels, and socio-political movements. Particular trends change every season, but the phenomenon of the trend has come to define the modern fashion system itself. The word first arose as an economic term, used to describe shifts in financial markets. Today it appears on the cover of almost every fashion magazine, and ‘trending’ happens on Twitter and other social media websites. Trend-forecasting companies have made researching and predicting trends a profitable business, now integral to the fashion industry. Yet as we move further into the 21st century, specific trends seem increasingly hard to define…