An exhibition on punk music’s influence on fashion is headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute this May, which is great news for those of us who loved the Met’s Alexander McQueen exhibit and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London’s exhibit on Vivienne Westwood. But not everyone is so excited about Punk: Chaos To Couture.
Young Kim, the widow of godfather of punk Malcolm McLaren, said the exhibit is riddled with inaccuracies and mispellings of names. A fashion writer and expert on punk clothing, Paul Gorman, also criticized the Met’s work on the exhibit, suggesting standards were a bit slack. Both are questioning the authenticity of some of the clothes in the exhibit, which is explained in detail in this Guardian UK piece.
Some of Kim’s complaints about the Punk: Chaos To Couture are fruitless, if not outright silly: she faults the Met for not "engaging" McLaren for the exhibit, who died in 2010, while he was still alive. It would be lovely indeed if anyone who could help with a museum exhibition was alive to assist, but that’s usually not how museums work.
But their points are fair and well-noted. Fortunately the Met still has almost three months until Punk: Chaos to Couture opens to the general public to address them.
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