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Thursday, August 22, 2013

What The Punk?

It took me three months but I went to go to see the PUNK: Chaos to Couture the week before it closed. I managed to take a few photos on the sly of some interesting details, but overall the exhibit was disappointing. I wish there had been a bit more historical context instead of just a replica of the CGBG bathroom (which wasn't accurate at all anyway) and the entire contents of Vivienne Westwood's archives. I enjoyed the video loop displays and the general presentation, but I found myself wanting a deeper education on the social and political drivers of the Punk movement that in turn inspired (or supposedly inspired - I found some of it questionable) the couture on display. 

Also, the $115 Rodarte 'RADARTE' tee in the gift shop? A $650 Givenchy tee? That's not punk. But maybe if I had just taken it, it would be.

Gianni Versace A/W 1992-93. Top of black nylon mesh with black silk satin and leather straps and gold metal buckles embellished with amber crystals.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Everythings — Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations

I finally went to the Met last Friday to check out the famed Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit. It's a Pradaphile's dream and the juxtaposition of Prada's work with Schiaparelli's sends chills down your spine. But what I found more interesting than the fashion itself was the attitudes of both women towards fashion. They both aim(ed) to subvert traditional concepts of fashion and luxury, and both explored the link (if any) between art and fashion. Their work was/is a living, evolving experiment and testing of society's standards and it was/is the vehicle of how they examine life. 

A few of Prada's quotes that really got my brain spinning:
"People say that my designs are quirky, but they're not quirky. I deliberately introduce a steady look into high fashion. So what people sometimes interpret as quirky is my attempt to subvert the concept of luxury by introducing elements that are considered ordinary or commonplace."
"If I have done anything, it is to make ugly appealing. In fact, most of my work is concerned with destroying—or at least deconstructing—conventional ideas of beauty, of the generic appeal of the beautiful, glamorous, bourgeois woman. Fashion fosters clichés of beauty, but I want to tear them apart."
"Fashion is art, fashion is not art—at the end, who cares?"

And a few of the photos I managed to sneak in (shh, don't tell anyone) of the pieces that I found particularly mesmerizing.

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. Metropolitan Museum of Art, through August 19, 2102.