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    Punk: Chaos to Couture (METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART) (Hardback) By (author) Andrew Bolton

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    DescriptionSince its origins in the 1970s, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion. With its eclectic mixing of stylistic references, punk effectively introduced the postmodern concept of bricolage not only into directional ready-to-wear but also into the elevated precincts of the haute couture. As a style, punk was about chaos, anarchy, and rebellion. Drawing upon a corpus of sexual and political imagery that was deliberately intended to shock, provoke, and confront, punks made fashion overtly hostile and threatening. This aesthetic of violence - even of cruelty - was intrinsic to the clothes themselves, which were often customized with rips, tears, and slashes and such savage and sadistic hardware as studs, spikes, chains, buckles, zippers, D-Rings, padlocks, safety pins, and razor blades. `PUNK: Chaos to Couture` examines the impact of punk's aesthetic of brutality on high fashion, focusing especially on its do-it-yourself, rip-it-to-shreds ethos, the antithesis of couture's made-to-measure exactitude. Indeed, punk's democracy stands in direct opposition to fashion's autocracy in which trends are driven by the artistic expression of the designer rather than by the dictates of the wearer. Yet as this book reveals, even the haute couture has readily appropriated the visual and symbolic language of punk, replacing beads with studs, paillettes with safety pins, and feathers with razor blades in its attempt to capture and reflect the style's youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness. Focusing on high fashion's embrace of punk's aesthetic vocabulary, this extraordinarily designed and produced book reveals how the quintessential anti-establishment style has been co-opted, exploited, and transformed by designers in their search for new ideals of beauty and new definitions of fashionability.

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    Punk: Chaos to Couture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew Bolton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 322 mm
    Height: 322 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 1,996 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300191851
    ISBN 10: 0300191855

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JM
    BIC E4L: BEA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJP
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15860
    Ingram Subject Code: FG
    BIC subject category V2: AKTH
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    BISAC V2.8: DES005000, DES013000
    DC22: 746.9/2
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    BIC subject category V2: 3JJP, 3JM
    BISAC V2.8: ART006010
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    DC22: 700.74, 391.009047
    DC23: 746.9209045
    LC classification: TT502 .P86 2013
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    Illustrations note
    200 colour & black-&-white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 June 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Andrew Bolton is curator of the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    Review quote
    "Curator Andrew Bolton shows great calm and patience in the scope of his research into punk's frenetic effects. His underlying aim is to prove that punk was more than just the cliche of mohicans and bad skin, but was a swirling, chaotic period of great experimentation in style. No linear study, the book offers a wide-ranging overview of the persistence of punk's influence . . . The big coup of the book is its introductory essay by both Richard Hell and John Lydon, he who previously went by the name of Johnny Rotton."--Charlie Porter, "V&A Magazine"--Charlie Porter"V&A Magazine" (08/01/2013)