From Chaos to Couture: America’s biggest art museum tribute to punk this summer

Punk CoutureVirgin Blak fans will be excited to hear that New York’s Met museum has revealed that Punk will be the theme of its annual Costume Institute Exhibit and its much-anticipated gala.

The Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibit which is set to open in May 2013, seeks to highlight the origins of the punk movement and will include around 100 haute couture and ready-to-wear creations from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Rodarte.

The show will look at the transatlantic origins of the movement from the mid-1970s, joining the dots between the punk scenes of London and New York.

Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton has said: “The show will start off primarily with the origins of punk and the tale of two cities.

“Punk broke all rules when it came in to fashion, everything became possible after punk. Its impact on high fashion became enormous, and still continues to this day.

Sid Vicious“It’s generally accepted that punk was a musical movement that emerged in the early to mid-Seventies at CBGB and Max’s Kansas City [in New York] with punk bands like The Ramones. When it emerged in London, it became a different phenomenon that was much more political and aesthetic. That look of punk was formulated in London primarily through Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.”

The exhibition, at the museum’s Cantor galleries, will  juxtapose original punk looks with the designer creations that were inspired by or incorporated punk elements, e.g., Gianni Versace’s ultrasexy black safety pin dress that made Elizabeth Hurley an overnight star.

“Primarily the biggest legacy is DIY [do-it-yourself] and deconstruction,” he added. “Punk has had one of the biggest influences on fashion over the last 30 years, and sometimes people wear punk without even realizing it.”

Why not check out Virgin Blak’s latest discounted and newly arrived punk couture clothing right HERE – we’re so punk we even broke the conventions of DIY and did it for you!

Photographer Nick Knight, who is known to incorporate innovative technology into his images, will serve as the creative consultant and will create the gala’s look with Raul Avila.

The list of designers in the exhibition is extensive: Haider Ackermann, Miguel Adrover, Azzedine Alaïa, Boudicca, Ann Demeulemeester, Dolce & Gabbana, Andrew Groves, Marc Jacobs, Rei Kawakubo, Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, and Alexander Wang are just some of the names that will be incorporated in thematic galleries. These will be titled “Rebel Heroes,” “The Couturiers Situationists” (focusing on punk’s godparents McLaren and Westwood); “Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance,” “Punk Couture;” “DIY Style” and “La Mode Destroy.”

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Funded by Moda Operandi and Conde Nast publishing house co-chairs of the Met ball include Rooney Mara, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Lauren Santo Domingo and Vogue Magazine’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Tickets for the New York staged event are said to be selling from $25,000 upwards, while tables are priced at around $150,000.

Asked what kind of looks he is expecting on the red carpet next year, Mr Bolton added: ‘I think we will be seeing dresses with a slight tear or gaps, which is so punk but very subtle.’



Damaged Grunge Leggings          Tattered Stars and Stripes Flag Graphic T Shirt          Skull Stud Suede Loafers

With both this exhibition and London’s V&A exhibition centred around the music and fashion of the 80s kicking off in July, it seems that punk and rock ‘n’ roll are taking over the world’s two most important cities this summer, and we at Virgin Blak could not be happier about that, what’s better than a world full of rock ‘n’ roll!?

Punk: From Chaos to Couture will kick off with the annual Met Gala on May 6 and will be on public display from May 9 to August 11, 2013.

Punk Fashion Comeback: Back to black with Virgin Blak

‘Distorted guitars and hoarse vocals will be the soundtrack for 2013 as heavy rock has its biggest resurgence since the 1990s’, claimed Britain’s The Times newspaper in an article last week.


And following hand in hand will be a notable surge in rock and punk fashion on the street, this uprising could be clearly foreseen throughout 2012, from the catwalk to the high street the fashion mood turned decidedly dark, and in a good way. Punk, Goth and 80s Darkwave fashions are back with a vengeance.

The increase in the amount of metal resounding through the streets and fashion runways last year could be easily seen and heard– literally. The fact is studs, spikes, zips, chains and leathers are no longer just for Bikers. From jackets and handbags to heels and jewelry, adding studs to any clothing item can completely transform it’s look and style.

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 It has often been said that everything in the fashion world is recycled. This is because of the phenomenon that fashion trends are repeated every twenty or thirty years. One of the best examples of this is the 70′s revival in the 90′s, which did not only influence fashion but the different aspects of popular culture as well. If this rule of repeating fashion trends is to be followed, it was always expected that in the first decades of the twenty-first century, it would be 80′s fashion, specifically the punk fashion trend, that would make a comeback, and indeed it has. This comeback, although expected was not anticipated to be as big as it has become, which has made every fashionista scramble to get those distressed tight jeans and pop culture T-shirts and a pair of Chuck Taylors – and here at Virgin Blak we are chock full of all of those!

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Every era is accompanied by a fashion trend and the 80′s are one of them. This is because it was during the 80′s when the world saw very distinct fashion trends. Some of these include the popularity of black and white striped shirts and shirts with floral prints in the 80′s, which recently have also made a comeback, especially among punk rock artists. Another example is the recent popularity of big earrings, belts and other accessories, which were also distinct to the 80?s, which are used to make the people wearing them stand out. In addition to these, all sorts of accessories like jewelry, epaulettes, sunglasses and leather gloves are also making a comeback, which are very effective in adding flair to any outfit.

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 Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to black. Welcome to Virgin Blak.