Punk, Met Museum May 9, 2013

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 1 comment

Punk, Met Museum May 9,2013 - Johnny Rotten 2006

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

Punk: Chaos to Couture, a must-see at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, opening May 9 – August 11, 2013.  Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (American version) will be a co-chair at the Gala Benefit, May 6, and the red carpet high fash event will be live-streamed at 7 pm on Moda Operandi, Vogue, Samsung and Met Websites.

Photo here of Johnny Rotten taken at the Met’s Anglo-Mania exhibition in 2006, one of my favorites. I suspect he’ll will be there for the Gala and Press Events, decked out in punk tdf!  For more on the exhibition check out my earlier posts on this Blog – Chic Punk, February 15, and the very last post, Septemeber 15, 2012.



Chic Punk – 1977

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments


Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition due May 9  to August 14, 2013 is going to make punk hot again.  Not that it ever really went away.   I dread to think how some punk hair cuts will ruin many a lovely face!    Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) will be one of the co-chairs. Wonder if she will cut her now long hair to a punk style again?

Fashion is another story.  Punk. Chaos to Couture will examine punk’s impact from its birth In the 1970s through its continuing influence on high fashion today.

There will be approximately 100 designs for men and women, by all the usual suspects.  Original punk garments from the mid-1970s will be juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion showing how pailettes were replaced by safety pins, feathers by razor blades, bugle beads by studs.  Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.

Organized thematically, gallery sections will include Rebel Heroes, Pavillions of Anarchy and Elegance, Punk Couture, D.I.Y.  Style, La Mode Destroy, all organized by my favorite Curator, Andrew Bolton. Guido Palau will design all mannequin head treatments and masks.

Hair here by Elmer Olsen, La Coupe 1977
Models: Sherry Diekrager and Elmer Olsen
Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

For more on this chic punk-influenced hairstyle, go to HairThen, La Coupe, 70s Hair, Toronto Collection, Photo 10, on helenoppenheim.com – and watch out punk influences everywhere…