From left: Sid Vicious, 1977, photograph © Dennis Morris - all rights reserved. Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913) Vogue, March 2011. Photograph by David Sims / art partner.
Punk rock is supposed to be antifashion, but the Sex Pistols owed their look to an S&M-inspired designer, Vivienne Westwood. That tension drives this can't-miss multimedia experience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. Conceived by the curators of the hugely successful 2011 exhibition "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," it focuses on seven punk antiheroes (such as Sid Vicious, pictured above, and safety-pin pioneer Richard Hell), whose style influenced the 30-plus designers—including Martin Margiela, Hedi Slimane, and Riccardo Tisci—featured in the show.
*May 9–August 14; metmuseum.org/punk
From left: John Lydon, 1976, photograph by Ray Stevenson/Rex USA. Junya Watanabe (Japanese, born 1961), fall/winter 2006-7, photograph by Catwalking.
From left: Paul Cook, late 1970s, photograph © Dennis Morris - all rights reserved. Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), spring/summer 2006, photograph by Catwalking.
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