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PUNK: Chaos to Couture

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PUNK: Chaos to Couture is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
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By Andrew Bolton; with Richard Hell, John Lydon, and Jon Savage

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.

By Andrew Bolton; with Richard Hell, John Lydon, and Jon Savage

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.

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 240
  • Illustrations: 219 in full color and quadratone
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 12 1/2'' x 12 1/2''
  • ISBN: 9780300191851
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from great back story We saw the show and loved the book. It gave great insight into the people and events that shaped that time. Bought as a memento of our trip
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Book! I have wanted this book for ages and now that I finally have it - and at a guilt-inducing price - I'm happier than ever. The older I get the more I appreciate the trends, styles and movements from decades past. With its insightful narrative and great photos this book chronicles the fashion inspired by the Punk movement and shows us that elements taken from this style are still relevant.
Date published: 2016-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just a great "fashion" book Much of the photography is so distinctive I can't decide what section of my library it belongs in. If you missed the original exhibit this book is a must-have.
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Punk punk punk!!! Best book that I bought on my trip!
Date published: 2016-01-29
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