Punk Arrives At The Met

DSC_0359The Met’s spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, opens this Thursday and is a must see for any fashion lover.   The exhibition examines punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today.

Upon arrival at the exhibition, you are greeted almost immediately by a perfect copy of the bathrooms at New York punk mecca CBGB & OMFUG, in all their dingy, filthy punk rock glory.  And because punk is very much a story of two cities, New York and London, the only other installation apart from the costumes is a life like reproduction of SEX, the famous shop founded by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood on the Kings Road in London.

The seven galleries are organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the punk movement. With amazing costumes made out of trash bags and plastic by Moschino and Maison Martin Margiela to the shredded Chanel Suit by Karl Lagerfeld, you could spend hours at this exhibition and still not see it all.  Movies by fashion photographer Nick Knight play in the background and an uplifting soundtrack all transport you to a different time and place, a time when anarchy was cool.

Punk: Chaos to Couture. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1000 5th Avenue. At 81st Street. New York. May 9th – August 14, 2013

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  1. Great post! Would love to see the exhibition…

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