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Punk gets posh at New York museum

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - 01:18

May 7 - The history of punk fashion is explored in this year's Costume Institute Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Elly Park reports.

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It was an era of anti-establishment and rebellious statements complete with a style to dress -- leather jackets, tattered clothes and metal studs. And now the history of punk fashion is explored in this year's Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. While the movement was at its peak in the 1970s, its influence spread beyond the streets of New York and London, making its way into the studios of fashion designers for generations. Curator of the show Andrew Bolton explains why. SOUNDBITE: Andrew Bolton, Curator, Saying (English) "Punk was all about challenging the status quo and challenging what we mean by beauty. And I think all those elements have very much impacted fashion." British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes says she had her share of fun making clothes during the heydays of punk. SOUNDBITE: Zandra Rhodes, Designer, Saying (English) "It was really taking hardware and turning into couture at the same time that you got all the stuff going on in the street." The trend has been a constant influence for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Gianni Versace and Alexander McQueen. And today its spirit lives on, and in these halls its fashion too until August 14th.

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Punk gets posh at New York museum

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - 01:18