By Laura Werling


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This month is the final month to see the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition of the summer, Punk: Chaos to Couture. Showing through August 14, there’s still time to see the latest fashion retrospective that this city has to offer. The exhibit explores the influence that punk has had on high fashion since its beginnings in the late 1960’s. The exhibition has a similar flow from gallery to gallery as previous Costume Institute exhibitions, but this time the theme is more modern than nostalgic; punk may have begun in the 1960’s, but even today punk is relatively the same as it was then. The evolution of punk is a bit of a grey area, as you see throughout the exhibit. The start of punk is surprisingly similar to the modern punk style we see today. The exhibition is divided in a very subtle way, separating different time periods and trends within the unfolding of punk style, and how the anti-establishment attitude of punk impacted high fashion.

There are nearly 100 designs on display from various designers from all over the world, including Comme des Garcons, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabanna, Rodarte, Versace, and many more. Each gallery has a theme, along with music and videos to create a multisensory experience for the guests. It’s definitely worth taking the trip uptown to see it before its gone, as the content relates to our generation’s sense of independence and style.

Punk: Chaos to Couture is on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through August 14, 2013.

Originally published July 2013

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