Thursday, May 2, 2013

PUNK: Chaos to Couture

The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, aka the Met, is on the countdown of its latest exhibition themed: PUNK: Chaos to Couture. The focus of the exhibition will of course be the impact of the Punk culture to the fashion industry, from the 1970s until today. 

A peek in the exhibition - photo courtesy of VOGUE 

According to Andrew Bolton, Curator in the Costume Institute, “since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion. Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.”

Exhibits will include the pieces represented by Blondie, The Ramones, as well as D.I.Y Hardware -the use of studs, safety pins and other paraphernalia in the industry. Of course, the exhibition includes pieces such as the infamous Gianni Versace safety pin dress, which everyone surely remembers on the bombshell that is Liz Hurley.

Vivienne Westwood's pieces could not be absent from this exhibition, as she is with no doubt known as the biggest representative of the british punk scene. Starting from a boutique co-owned with Malcolm McLaren, manager of the punk group Sex Pistols, she managed to turn the edgy and eccentric elements of punk clothing into an intensely mainstream fashion wave. I mean, who would have thought that ladies of the upper class would be caught dead wearing the same brand that lanced the "tit top". 

The exhibition will be thematically divided, so you will be entering a gallery of one group of punk representatives at a time. Even more exciting is the fact that legendary punk personas such as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols will be part of the introductory speeches. For those of us who seem to be a fewww miles away from the tickets, well, hang in there and gaze at your old God Save the Queen posters!

A peek in the exhibition - photo courtesy of VOGUE

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