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Product Details

  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1ST edition (May 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300191855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300191851
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 12.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Bookforum

Nothing on King's Road in 1977--or the Bowery in 1975, for that matter--could compete with the clothes in this book for aggressivness, poetry, and sheer devotion to hardware. But Punk also captures the discomfort of admiring DIY fashion deracinated from social context: Locked so far away from the beating heart of punk, the clothes, no matter how dramatic, are soulless. --Sarah Leonard

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“at once enlightening and fascinating.” —Women’s Wear Daily
(Women's Wear Daily 2013-04-05)

“This striking catalogue, published to accompany the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute show of the same name, claims that “no other countercultural movement has had a greater or more enduring influence on high fashion.” Curator Bolton (Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty) defines punk as the “questioning of traditional representations. . . through its ethos of do-it-yourself.”— Publishers Weekly
(Publishers Weekly)

“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 cliché 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 2013-08-01)

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A big book with thin contents.
robin m west
If you can't visit the show, read 'The Day that Punk Died Again' in the The New Yorker by Sasha Frere-Jones to get the gist.
Dana L
Highly recommend this book!A good history!
BOBBI ABRAMSON

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dana L on June 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
So there's been tons of criticism on the actual content of this show that I completely agree with. If you can't visit the show, read 'The Day that Punk Died Again' in the The New Yorker by Sasha Frere-Jones to get the gist. The show completely lacks linear curation, providing no link or association of the past (British roots, NYC club culture and SoCal punk) to present day punk lifestyles and fashion.
However, with regard to the book, it's decent in that it includes great photography of the mavericks of punk as well as fashion editorial and runway images of contemporary fashion design. Simply, it's nice to look at and a good one to have in any fashion library.
*were the publishers trying to be 'punk rock' in binding the pages upside down and backwards?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By robin m west on May 10, 2013
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A big book with thin contents. I was very much looking forward to this and ordered it early, but I was quite disappointed with the lack of content and limited depiction of the Punk era and its impact on couture and street-fashion trends.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By walkure on June 15, 2013
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I'm disappointed with this book. On a left page is a vintage punk photograph, on the right is a MMM/Comme/Galliano/Junya take on that punk idea. It's shallow, surprisingly literal and, ironically, safe. Perhaps (though I doubt it) it is also a commentary on the catwalk fashion that appropriates the street look? Of all the Costume Institute exhibition books (starting from the Balenciaga exhibition by Vreeland), this had the least depth and is possibly the least appropriate to its theme. The cover typography is, similarly, safe and unconnected with the theme of this exhibition (but perhaps is representative of the approach taken). I'm not sure what made me want to review it - the book itself or the curator's choices of supposedly representative (but which I think were bland, obvious or blatant) contemporary fashion that were "inspired" by Punk.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By weaser on June 16, 2013
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I am VERY DISSAPOINTED and would not reccommend this book for purchase. I bought the book before I went to see the exhibition. This was like looking through a very expensive magazine. There was NO REFERENCE to the Met show AT ALL. Where are the cloths from the exhibit??? where are the maniquins with muticolored wigs from the show. The Dresses made of garbage bags????? the versaci boots???? Mc Queen dress????? The recreated Bathroom from CBGB??? the list goes on. This book was a self indulgent experience for Bolton. He is making a lot of money without delivering a thing to the consumer. The Metropolitan should be embarrassed. I don't know how they could have approved this for Production.. I wish i could return this book and get my money back. Don't waste your time or money.
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By J. Ferris on September 3, 2013
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Yes, I like this book, but as another reviewer mentioned, it really smells of toxic chemicals, I hope that will wear off.
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By Anne Nickolson on July 26, 2013
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Beautiful photos, mostly rich black and white. Very appropriate for the subject matter. Love it! Great price for a beautiful catalog.
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