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Punk : chaos to couture / [Andrew Bolton, Richard Hell, John Lydon, Jon Savage].

Bolton, Andrew, 1966- (Author). Hell, Richard. (Added Author). Lydon, John, 1956- (Added Author). Savage, Jon. (Added Author). Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), (host institution.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berklee College of Music.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781588394897 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • ISBN: 1588394891 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • ISBN: 9780300191851 (Yale University Press)
  • ISBN: 0300191855 (Yale University Press)
  • Physical Description: 239 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 33 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [2013]
  • Distributor: New Haven, Conn. ; Distributed by Yale University Press,

Content descriptions

General Note:
Published in conjunction with the exhibition "PUNK: chaos to couture" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 9-Aug. 14, 2013.
One sheet (2 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm.) of publication information tip-in.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (page 232) and index.
Summary, etc.:
Since its origins in the 1970s, punk has had an explosive influence on fashion. With its eclectic mixing of stylistic references, punk effectively introduced the postmodern concept of bricolage to the elevated precincts of haute couture and directional ready-to-wear. As a style, punk is about chaos, anarchy, and rebellion. Drawing on provocative sexual and political imagery, punks made fashion overtly hostile and threatening. This aesthetic of violence - even of cruelty - was intrinsic to the clothes themselves, which were often customized with rips, tears, and slashes, as well as studs, spikes, zippers, D-Rings, safety pins, and razor blades, among other things. This extraordinary publication examines the impact of punk's aesthetic of brutality on high fashion, focusing on its do-it-yourself, rip-it-to-shreds ethos, the antithesis of couture's made-to-measure exactitude. Indeed, punk's democracy stands in opposition to fashion's autocracy. Yet, as this book reveals, even haute couture has readily appropriated the visual and symbolic language of punk, replacing beads with studs, paillettes with safety pins, and feathers with razor blades in an attempt to capture the style's rebellious energy. Focusing on high fashion's embrace of punk's aesthetic vocabulary, this book reveals how designers have looked to the quintessential anti-establishment style to originate new ideals of beauty and fashionability.
Subject: Clothing and dress > Social aspects > History > 20th century > Exhibitions.
Fashion > Social aspects > History > 20th century > Exhibitions.
Punk culture > Exhibitions.
Punk rock musicians > Influence > Exhibitions.
Punk rock music > Influence > Exhibitions.

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