The quasi punk features seen on the red carpet at yesterday’s Met Gala were nothing against the real punk inside the exhibition. Why didn’t Sarah Jessica Parker put one on of the above dresses for instance? (Perhaps that is more of a Carrie thing to do). Anyway, the exhibition opens on Thursday May 9 and is dividid into different themes, of both the cultural development of punk, following how it has been envisioned in couture. The latter is called Clothes for Heroes (the name origins from the marketing of clothing which Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s sold in London), and is told in four manifestations of DIY: Hardware, Bricolage, Graffiti and Agitprop, and Destroy.
DIY: Hardware focuses on how safety pins, zippers, spikes, studs, and chains are used in clothing, with featured designs from Riccardo Tisci and Gianni Versace. In DIY: Bricolage, designs from Gareth Pugh and Helmut Lang etc. show how objects are constructed in collages. DIY: Graffiti and Agitprop enhances brings up the use of paint and splatter (realised by Alexander McQueen during the S/S 1999 show, when splattering paint on a dress during a live performance), with clothing from Ann Demeulemeester and Viktor & Rolf. The last room DIY: Destroy, celebrates deconstruction and how it could be illustrating the reaction to economic crisis seen in designs from Maison Martin Margiela and Rodarte, among others.
Aside from the featured designs, the exhibition will include a recreation of Westwood and McLaren’s shop at 430 Kings Road in London as well as the bathroom (below) from the music venue CBGB in 1975.