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2014/08/21

God Save the Met and Their Fuckin’ Costume Institute

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If there is but one cornerstone of “Punk” as fashion, it is what Dame Vivienne Westwooddubbed “confrontation dressing.” Swastikas, tampons, spray-painted swears, safety pins — these were the tools with which this particular postmodern machine of resistance, youth, and style were forged. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s spring costume exhibition, Punk: From Chaos to Couture, hovered over the essence of this defensive dress, but skirted the issues of subculture to champion superficial style.”