Punk: Chaos to Couture - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Punk: Chaos to Couture

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'No linear study, the book offers a wide-ranging overview of the persistence of punk's influence . . . The big coup of the book is its introductory essay by both Richard Hell and John Lydon, he who previously went by the name of Johnny Rotton' V&A Magazine

Gallery view of Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition

As a style, punk is about chaos, anarchy, and rebellion. An aesthetic of violence - even of cruelty - was intrinsic to the clothes themselves, which were often customised with rips, tears, and slashes, as well as studs, spikes and zippers. 

Gallery shot of Punk: Chaos to Couture

This beautiful publication, that accompanied an exhibition in 2013 at the Met, tells the story of how high fashion embraced punk and how designers including Gianni Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, and Alexander McQueen appropriated the visual and symbolic language of punk.  The book has four essays and five chapters of photos dedicated to Vivienne Westwood’s and Malcolm Maclaren’s early contributions and four DIY themes: hardware, bricolage, graffiti and agitprop, and destroy.

  • Authors: Andrew Bolton, Curator, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Date published:  April 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300191851
  • Product Dimensions: 32.2 x 32.2 x 2.6 cm

'An ode to the punk movement and its impact on the fashion industry' Vogue

'the ultimate confirmation that, despite attempts to be as unpalatable as possible, punk was absorbed by the culture around it, not least by blue-chip fashion designers on the prowl for new ideas' New York Times

'an entertaining, visceral cheat sheet of fashion's more memorable shocking moments' Disegno

'vivid and ... fun' The Economist

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