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Author Bolton, Andrew, 1966- author.

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

Publication Info. New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, [2013]
New Haven, Conn. : Distributed by Yale University Press, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  391 BO    Check Shelf
Description 239 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 33 cm.
Series Metropolitan Museum of Art series
Note "Edited by Eugenia Bell"--Colophon.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition "Punk : chaos to couture", held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 9-Aug. 14, 2013.
Summary 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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 232) and index.
Contents "Punk" couture: insides out / Richard Hell -- A beautiful ugliness inside / John Lydon -- Symbols clashing everywhere : punk fashion 1975-1980 / Jon Savage -- Clothing for heroes -- D.I.Y. hardware -- D.I.Y bricolage -- D.I.Y. graffiti and agitprop -- D.I.Y. destroy.
Subject Fashion -- History -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Fashion -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Clothing and dress -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Punk culture -- Exhibitions.
Punk rock musicians -- Influence -- Exhibitions.
Punk rock music -- Influence -- Exhibitions.
Added Author Hell, Richard, author.
Lydon, John, 1956- author.
Savage, Jon., author.
Bell, Eugenia, editor.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), host institution.
Added Title Chaos to couture
ISBN 9781588394897 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1588394891 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9780300191851 Yale University Press
0300191855 Yale University Press
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