Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, CBGB, Comme de Garçons, Gareth Pugh, Junya Watanabe, Metropolitan museum of art, Nicolas Ghesquière, Punk, Rei Kawakubo, Rodarte, Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto
The couture to chaos show at the Metropolitan museum of art initially gave my group and I the base we needed for our final project of the semester. We focused in on three forms of punk: Cyber, Glam and Gothic. We ventured off from the obvious spikes; using unusual hardware and fabric to widen our imagination and scope into punk.
This weekend the two of us finally got to experience the flow of punk through the years with pieces by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Rei Kawakubo, Gareth Pugh, Nicolas Ghesquière, Alexander McQueen, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto and many other talented designers. They graced the world with a trend that is very much alive today, much more so on the streets of Japan. Vivienne Westwood being a particular contributor to the punk scene in the UK in the 1980’s, she created the look that was uniform for the Sex Pistols.
The exhibit featured truly great skills of construction and ingenuity from intricately knitted pieces by Rodarte to various forms of deconstruction by Rei Kawakubo (Comme de Garçons); with the theatrically spray painted Dress No.13 from the Savage Beauty collection (spring/summer 1999) by McQueen amidst them. The exhibit of course would have been incomplete without the CBGB bathroom recreation at the very beginning to set the atmosphere.
If you’re in New York between May 9th and August 14th I highly recommend you go take a look!