new york: punk - chaos to couture

© the metropolitan museum of art / photography: dennis morris - sid vicious [1977]

we're certainly not the only ones who see the irony here, but it remains fascinating to see how the aesthetic vocabulary of a notoriously anti-establishment movement has inspired many of today's leading luxury brands to adorn their range of expensive products in various reinterpretations. we're obviously talking the punk - chaos to couture exhibition at new york's metropolitan museum. the show explores the impact of punk on high fashion, from the movement’s birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence today. on display are around 100 men's and women's fashion designs, mixed and matched with a select number of iconic punk garments from the 1970s. the showcase illustrates how both haute couture and ready-to-wear have borrowed punk’s visual symbols, with paillettes being replaced with safety pins, feathers with razor blades, and bugle beads with studs.

focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of d.i.y. and the couture concept of made-to-measure, the exhibition is organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. it's all set-up as an immersive multimedia experience, and the clothes are animated with vintage videos and soundscaping audio techniques. featured designers include hedi slimane for saint laurent, gareth pugh, rei kawakubo for comme des garçons, hussein chalayan and of course vivienne westwood [on through aug 14]. location: 1000 fifth avenue [upper east].

© the metropoilitan museum of art / photograpy: david sims - chanel ensemble by karl lagerfeld, shot for vogue [march 2011]