|Bricolage (Garbage Bag Clothing)|
|Moth Eaten Chanel|
Only one Stephen Sprouse piece exhibited? Granted his first collection didn’t come out until 1983/84, which by that time Punk was evolving into New Wave and the look was evolving from what it had been in 1976. Sprouse was a big influence on the pop, fashion and the music scene. His first runway show was at the Ritz, a downtown nightclub now Webster Hall and it was set to the music of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Andy Warhol was a fan and Keith Haring became a collaborator.
I had great expectations for the exhibit, which were lessened by friends who had seen the show prior to my viewing. It didn’t meet the lowered expectations. It was a disappointment. The video is so large and grainy that you’d have to be a football field away to actually see it. Did we really need to see video footage of a shirtless Sid Vicious? No clothes, but he was wearing the padlock around his neck and the gallery was labeled hardware. It's a stretch. I can’t recall who was quoted, but he said that Sid could not remove it, because he lost the key. Now that is punk.
|Hardware + The Shirtless Sid|
Punk: Chaos to Couture is at the MET until August 14th.