PUnk: Chaos to Couture at The Met

A brief retrospective of the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum that closed this past Wednesday.

Punk: Chaos to Couture

Punk sentinels at the gate

I loved the capsule special showing manifesting how the fashion world co-opted punk’s details. At first I felt cheated by the Versace pieces, but after all, the exhibit is chaos to COUTURE! Fashion always has and always will take details from other worlds, other scenes, movements, cultures.From Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s London-based Sex shop in 1974 to Versace’s DIY-looking safety pin gown famously worn by Liz Hurley for the “Four Weddings and a Funeral” premiere with Hugh Grant, fashion has “borrowed” design languages from others.


I surreptitiously snapped as I walked the show, so some of my shots are not as clearly focused as I would wish. But I really enjoyed that Rodarte, Givenchy, Junya Watanabe and others were nestled among Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons, Alexander McQueen and Westwood. Fave pieces were the natural muslin conglomerations from Comme des Garçons, but I enjoyed the black garbage bag gowns, too!








McQueen’s taffeta take on black garbage bag dressing







5 thoughts on “PUnk: Chaos to Couture at The Met

    • Thanks about the site, Ernest. Uh, and wow, thanks about the pictures?! I indicated that they were not what I wished and were out of focus; I was not at a private showing for photographic purposes, but winging it from the hip as the guards yelled “No photos!” the whole time. I did what I could to represent visually that I was there and to capture what I was seeing. I could’ve swiped from the Met’s site, but… Anyway. Your photos are beautiful – no crowds, no muss, no fuss! I do wish mine could’ve turned out like yours!

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