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I don't see how that McQueen piece is considered punk, especially when there are sooo many other pieces from him that could be considered punk.

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well, the queen's b/w print on the union jacket pattern is recurring in punk imagery, from record sleeves to the old t-shirts mclaren and vivienne westwood used to make, it's punk in that way even though it's an elegant and formal dress. i'm sure there'll be more mcqueen pieces in the exhibition

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The idea seems a bit rank to me.. the idea of having a Costume Institute Exhibition on punk just emphasizes how something as important as the punk rebellion in the 70s has just been turned into some high street trend for the exact people it was supposed to be opposing.
Like, how can they put that knitted Rodarte dress next to original Westwood? Black and red + unwearable doesn't naturally = punk.

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Malcolm McLaren's widow fears Met will get punk fashion show all wrong The New York museum's forthcoming show could be riddled with errors and fail to give Malcolm McLaren due credit, say critics, as a battle against fakes and counterfeits from the era rages

"Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?" was Johnny Rotten's parting shot as he threw down his microphone and the Sex Pistols walked off stage for the last time in San Francisco's Winterland in 1978. The words may turn out to be prophetic as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York prepares to unveil Punk: Chaos to Couture, a Costume Institute show due to open in May celebrating punk's enduring influence on fashion. Last week the institute previewed a selection of the pieces that will be on display. While fashion critics welcomed the show – and the museum's director, Thomas Campbell, drew attention to punk's Dadaist roots – Malcolm McLaren's widow, Young Kim, was drawing attention to more contentious aspects of punk's legacy. McLaren, the architect of punk, was the Sex Pistols' manager and proprietor of a Kings Road shop, which traded variously as Too Fast to Live, Sex and Seditionaries, with his partner Vivienne Westwood. He died in 2010. Young claims there are numerous errors in the institute's collection of punk clothing. She provided the Observer with a list of items in the Met's collection which she considers to be misattributed, misdated or questionable. "My concern is for history to be portrayed correctly," she said. "I wrote to them to say pretty much everything in there is wrong. They should have engaged Malcolm when he was alive." Fashion author Paul Gorman is an expert on punk clothing and memorabilia and worked with McLaren on authenticating his creations. He claims that the Met is not applying the rigour that it would to, say, 17th-century Chinese ceramics, and that McLaren's contribution is not being fully recognised. "The curators should be applying the same rigorous procedures to establish provenance and authentication to punk as they do to everything else," he said. At issue, say Gorman and Young, is a Seditionaries T-shirt design featuring a rant against Derek Jarman's film Jubilee. It is dated 1976 and attributed to McLaren, whereas the T-shirt was Westwood's design and the film was not released until 1978. In a second instance, the Met unveiled the famous Naked Cowboys T-shirt, saying that the pop artist Allen Jones had been arrested in 1975 wearing one. Gorman says that it was Alan Jones, a Sex shop assistant, who was detained and charged with indecency. "If the curators are not applying basic procedures such as dating, then what kind of procedures are they applying to authenticate the objects themselves?" asks Gorman. "Very few of these clothes were made yet there are thousands and thousands of pieces out there." In response to the huge international business of fake punk clothing, McLaren spent the last five years attempting to catalogue his work. He assisted Damien Hirst after the artist had spent tens of thousands of pounds with the punk memorabilia dealer and author Simon Easton on clothing that McLaren subsequently claimed to be fakes. Curators for the Met were acknowledged to have been customers of Easton and displayed items purchased from him for its Anglomania show in 2006. On a trip to visit Easton, Andrew Bolton, now curator at the Costume Institute, remarked: "It's a bit cloak and daggerish, isn't it?" Last week, Bolton hailed the forthcoming show, noting punk's "incendiary influence on fashion", while a museum spokesman said that "the provenance of all the punk pieces in our collection and in the upcoming exhibition have been verified". However, it is unclear whether the items sourced from Easton for Anglomania have now been excised from the collection. Young, who holds McLaren's copyrights, fights a continuing battle against the commercial exploitation of his name. She recently blocked the sale of a "Malcolm McLaren Tribute Collection" and has also identified what she called an industry of "fraudulence and fakery". But, like punk itself, sorting the real from the fake is a difficult task. Institutions, including the Met, have found themselves caught up in controversies by the shadowy aspects of punk's legacy. "Punk was a cyclone of very toxic energy, despite its creativity and colour, and still emanates a very bad energy – as summed up by the ugly spectacle of McLaren's funeral," points out critic Michael Bracewell. "There is an amazing story to be written about punk memorabilia, with a truly astonishing cast of crooks, obsessives, celebrities, fashionistas, academics, general hangers-on, victims, museum directors, auction houses, and so on." McLaren himself claimed that "fashion was much more important than the music. Punk was the sound of fashion." The Met's show is concerned strictly with punk's influence on fashion. The spokesman for the museum pointed out that "there will only be about 10 vintage punk ensembles in the exhibition. The primary focus of the show will be 90 punk-influenced high fashion ensembles from 1977 to today." The exhibit will be divided into several rooms and categories: the punk club CBGB's in New York; Seditionaries; the Clothes for Heroes gallery; as well as four categories on the influence of punk's inventive, leather-and-glue, DIY ethic: Hardware, with a focus on Sid Vicious; Bricolage, using Debbie Harry dressed in a bin bag; Graffiti and Agitprop, as exemplified by the Clash; and Destroy, which looks at punk's deconstructionist spirit, typified by Johnny Rotten. The Met recruited a cast of UK fashion industry stars – including Sam Gainsbury, the design consultant who created the stage for the museum's record-setting show Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty two years ago, as well as the set designer Gideon Ponte, photographer Nick Knight and hairdressing superstar Guido Palau. Diana Vreeland, founder of the Costume Institute, was no stranger to controversy, exaggerating the size of women's wigs in a show of fashion from the Court of Versailles French fashion for effect. Friends of the Sex Pistols say the issue of provenance is overstated – McLaren's ethos was, after all, "cash from chaos", says record producer John Porter, aka Howard Usedtobe. "This is punk. If the clothes were real, you'd feel cheated." (guardian.co.uk)

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I dont understand why Riccardo Tisci is a chairman. I understand he's influenced by punk, but Vivienne Westwood was the pioneer. I think they chose him because his name is so big, and Vivienne isn't really in the spotlight all that much anymore. It's screwed up if you ask me. And I think this is going to be punk in the interpretation of wealthy, posh magazine editors. There's not going to be the raw sense of emotion that comes along with punk. Punk has never been couture. I think if they mention the safety pins people shoved through their cheeks or the destroyed leather jackets they would destroy even more it'll be looked at as their version of trying to be fashionable. They're not going to look at it as their way of expression and their lifestyle. Punk stems from the sixties London attitude. The anarchy. The looks that people would give them on the street and the way they didn't give a sh*t about it. It's a shame they're trying to make it mainstream high fashion.

Basically, raw punk doesn't exist anymore. It died. What they're carrying on now is just their BS representation of it.


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MET ADDITION: Invites for the May 6 Costume Institute Benefit are starting to arrive, and they feature a surprise high-wattage celebrity name Beyoncé.

Beyoncé Knowles has been added to this year's gala as honorary chair. While unconfirmed, it's possible the entertainer could join co-chairs Rooney Mara, Givenchys Riccardo Tisci, Lauren Santo Domingo and Vogue editor in chief and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour on the receiving line.

The benefit celebrates the "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition, which runs at the Metropolitain Museum of Art from May 9 to August 14.

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The Met recruited a cast of UK fashion industry stars – including Sam Gainsbury, the design consultant who created the stage for the museum's record-setting show Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty two years ago, as well as the set designer Gideon Ponte, photographer Nick Knight and hairdressing superstar Guido Palau
if this guy is involved, then i'm going to go see it, because it was the best show the costume institute has EVER done, imho...
and it was largely due to the amazing set design...

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....so are they planning to have anyone actually punk-related involved? i mean...beyonce?! really???

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The Costume Institute is such a joke.

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I'm entirely confused in regard to what Beyonce has to do with anything punk. It seems like they are almost using her to get media attention for the show. Not so sure it's gunna work...

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I think that's always been the plan. Justin Timberlake in prior years. It's all celebrity-centric to garner media attention with little regard to the actual presentation. It's kinda a magnified version of celebrities in front rows at fashion shows, so viewed in that context, it's not so odd.

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it's a joke having beyonce as chair. she doesnt care about punk music or punk fashion or ethos.

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I agree, but I'm not sure any of these "celebs" demographics really give a rats *** about fashion, that's the only reason I have always found it strange, this being no exception.

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It's always questionable who they have as chairs and how they correlate with the theme of the exhibition so this isn't surprising.

At the end of the day the opening night is a way to gather funds for the museum, Beyonce and Jay-Z will surely give a generous donation, the guests she invites will add in more and her name will ensure publicity (even though the event doesn't need it).

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