What to Expect from the Met’s Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibit

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PUNK: Chaos to Couture, the latest exhibit organized by Andrew Bolton for The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, opens to the public tomorrow. The press got a first look today. And I have a feeling reactions will be mixed. (The International Herald Tribune‘s Suzy Menkes already panned the exhibit for being too “sanitized and bloodless.”) Here’s why: Punk as a movement is inherently opposed to being exhibited (let alone the $1000 and up fashions it inspired) especially within the sterile environment of a museum like the Met. Punk is about anarchy, rebellion, and individuality–it seems at odds with the commercialization of punk codes as co-opted by luxury labels.

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