FORT LEE, New Jersey (PRWEB) July 22, 2013 -- No one would have been too surprised to see Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger or Twiggie come around the corner at the 2013 Met Gala in New York City, which honored the haute punk fashion movement of the 1970s. In a new blog published July 19, 2013 and titled “The Mixed Messages of the New Punk Couture”, HauteReport.com guest blogger Liz Ernst takes readers on a look back at the fashion history that helped shape the post-Vietnam world of anti-establishment, 20-something baby boomers looking for a new protest, if only half-heartedly.
“The Met Gala is among the most important summer fashion parties in the world of haute couture fashion each year, with models, stars and designers from around the world arriving in lavish couture based on a new fashion theme chosen each year,” Ernst says. “The party, officially called the ‘Costume Institute Gala’, is better known as the "Met Gala" or the "Met Ball" and everyone who is anyone in the world of fashion and entertainment attends.”
They arrive outfitted in outrageous (and expensive) haute couture fashions, and the competition for attention is fierce, Ernst says. Still, when it was announced that the 2013 Met Gala would celebrate the world of punk fashion, it raised some eyebrows.
Punk couture began in the early- to mid-1970's in London's fashion houses, a fashion and lifestyle movement steeped in anti-establishment angst; the sight of the world’s top models, fashion designers and stars wearing high priced couture that was torn, often ill-fitting, dirty-looking or frayed, slinky, provocative and fierce was meant to present a contradictory message that defined the early punk movement.
However, is the Met Gala, New York City in 2013—nothing in fashion should shock or surprise those sensibilities. In fact, the punk resurgence brought about by this year’s Met Gala provided an opportunity for reminiscing among older designers who were there when the punk movement first burst onto the scene, screaming about something that no one understood, dressed in black and scaring people who did not share their vision.
It also inspired younger designers to learn from one of the coolest fashion movements of the past.
Some of this year’s Met Gala designers didn't have to be nudged; designers like Anthony Vaccarello, who sent his models stomping down the runway in his Fall 2013 collection wearing ripped black mini-skirts, barely-there dresses made of torn black silks and leather, chain mail, black leather jackets and shorts, all priced in the thousands of dollars.
After its launch in 1974, it took a decade for punk fashionistas to realize they were paying insane amounts of money for tattered clothing after department stores began selling cheap knockoffs that everyone could afford, and the punk couture movement was dead.
In the end, adjectives like “inspiring” and “brilliant” were being tossed around—some for the opportunity to reminisce, and others for the opportunity to imagine.
For more information on the haute punk couture lines hitting the runways this fall, visit the HauteReport.com website or email info(at)HauteReport(dot)com.
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