Fashion meets art in this over the top exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. The exhibit features approximately 100 clothing designs, plus videos of classic punk performers and a replica 1975 CBGB bathroom—urinals included. In an ironic juxtaposition, original punk DIY garments are displayed next to the Haute Couture designs that they inspired. Although the high fashion designs borrow heavily from the low-fi punk aesthetic, they remain incongruously out of reach to the very people in that anti-establishment movement.
If you are familiar with the punk style it will not surprise you that plaids and stripes abound in this exhibition. However there is more for surface pattern designers to feast their eyes on. Museum-goers will see the use of text as motif whether incorporated in an engineered design or all over pattern, as well as bold floral prints combined with the seemingly random looking paint splatter. This use of a "drop cloth" look of splotched paint wasn't as random as it might seem, but rather was a deliberate way to create wonderful shapes and texture.
Punk: Chaos to Couture features many fashion designers who continually incorporate pattern into their creations such as John Galliano, Vivianne Westwood, and Christopher Kane. There will be patterns of all kinds throughout this exhibit, enjoy the visual experience and become inspired.
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