Posts Tagged ‘Met Museum’

The Met Goes Punk!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Mother of all things D.I.Y, studded, slashed, and repurposed, the Punk movement is finally having a proper moment in the limelight. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute announced it’s 2013 exhibit “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” The press release described the exhibit as:

Organized thematically, gallery sections will include Rebel Heroes, which will evoke the New York and London music scenes of the mid-1970s, focusing on iconic punk bands such as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and The Clash.  The Couturiers Situationists gallery will examine Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s visual codification of punk through the merging of social realism and artistic expression, featuring fashion and graphics they produced for their boutique at 430 King’s Road in London, including Let it Rock, SEX, and Seditionaries.

Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance will juxtapose punk designs with haute couture creations, focusing on customization and hand craftsmanship.  Punk Couture will explore high fashion’s engagement with punk hardware such as studs, spikes, chains, zippers, padlocks, safety pins, and razor blades.  D.I.Y. Style will highlight the impact of punk’s bricolage ethos on high fashion, including the use of recycled materials from trash culture. La Mode Destroy will examine the effect of punk’s rip-it-to-shreds attitude via torn and shredded garments associated with deconstructionist fashions.

We’re excited to see what the exhibit inspires in this year’s Met Gala red carpet looks. Co-hosted by Riccardo Tisci and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, we forsee studs, safety pins, frayed hems, and deconstructed decadence! The exhibit runs from May 9th through August 11th 2013.

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The History of the Bikini

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

The Met Museum’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History has an excellent essay, The Bikini, which covers all of the two-piece’s incarnations over the years starting from the 1940s. Fashion designer Jacques Heim and mechanical engineer Louis Reard both claim to be the first to launch the bikini on the French Riviera in the summer of 1946.

At left is a Rudi Gernreich brown wool knit bikini with banded edges, from the Met.