Punk: Chaos to Couture

July 3, 2013
Metropolitan Museum of Art/NYC

Metropolitan Museum of Art/NYC

There are few things I like better than a good historical costume exhibition. Saw a great fashion exhibit in London. It reminded me of something I saw in NYC in May but haven’t posted. Punk fashion.

While it’s jarring to think that punk fashion is now historical, I was forced to confront that fact of life (and age) at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Which happens to be one of my most favorite places in the city.

This fun exhibition examined punk’s influence on fashion since it popped onto the scene in the 1970s in London and New York City. Hardware, graffiti and destruction are the style’s characteristics, and we can still see vestiges of that in today’s fashion. More than vestiges.

Take a look for yourself: I managed to get in a few  photos before Security told me to stop.

What do you think? Do you remember it? Like it? Hate it?


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Disruptive fashion, for sure.

Disruptive fashion, for sure.

Equal opportunity disruption.

Equal opportunity disruption. Only Vivienne Westwood would have a shirt called “Tits” shirt.

Graffiti is still a fashion statement.

Graffiti is still a fashion statement.

Who doesn't remember hardware-laden outfits like this one?

Who doesn’t remember hardware-laden outfits like this one? Scary. Maybe dangerous. Which was the whole point of punk.

4 comments on “Punk: Chaos to Couture
  1. Ricki says:

    Back in the day I would have killed for the jacket in the last picture!

  2. Susan Cooper says:

    Wow I remember this era. I did not take part in the punk scene but it was an era of colorful personalities. 🙂

  3. Urooj says:

    Punk fashion is really strange

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