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Recap: The Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibit At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

The mannequins at the Punk Exhibit

The mannequins at the Punk Exhibit (Photo credit: yimg.com)

On Monday, May 6, 2013 the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a preview for the new exhibition “Punk: Chaos to Couture”, with fashion aficionados coming out to view the clothing and partake in the multimedia experience.

Before going to visit the expertly curated clothing, attendees were given speeches explaining the back-story behind the idea to curate this exhibition. The idea was to try and document the unlikely rise of punk fashion into the ranks of high fashion. How is it that a movement meant to represent anti-establishment and pure grit has become a welcomed part of the glitz and glamor of glossy fashion publications? At the previews, Andrew Bolton’s speech intended to explain the unlikely pairing: “No other subcultural movement has a greater or more enduring influence on how we dress today.”

The impeccably styled mannequins (Photo credit: vancouversun.com)

The impeccably styled mannequins (Photo credit: vancouversun.com)

The exhibit had much to offer, with styled mannequins that portrayed the styles of the early punk era up until modern day, where punk elements can be found on couture pieces. There was even a replica of the bathroom at CBGB’s, the now-defunct punk rock club that was a New York staple in the 1970s.

The exhibit thoroughly explained the correlation between punk and high fashion, offering more than just expertly styled mannequins. Paying homage to iconic punk groups such as the Sex Pistols, the exhibit made sure to emphasize the importance of punk’s “chaos” without strictly focusing on the “couture.”

A close up of a Balmain outfit (Photo credit: gq.com)

A close up of a Balmain outfit (Photo credit: gq.com)

Informative blurbs emblazoned on the walls gave brief, yet accurate, overviews of punk’s humble beginnings and how it managed to capture the attention of the fashion world. People tend to scoff at the way fashion darlings try to pull off the punk look, but this installation is anything but cliché, a relative fete as far as all in attendance were concerned.

WHEN: Open May 9- August 14, 2013

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028
Ph: 212-535-7710

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