A Brief History of Punk in Honor of Vivienne Westwood


This May, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will play host to Dame Vivienne Westwood and her treasure trove of punk fashion. It's certainly going to be a change for the museum which featured Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada last year and Alexander McQueen the year before. But, if the 2006 Anglomania exhibition of British fashion can serve as any indication as to what's in store, this is something you can't miss.

The Dame is legendary for her ability to scour history for her creations and punk was one of her earliest (and most enduring) inspirations. Nowadays, a lot of people will hear punk and think of Avril Lavigne, The Warped Tour and maybe Good Charlotte? They're not entirely incorrect in thinking that, but it goes way back and gets way (way) better. To help you better understand Dame Westwood and her style, here is a brief overview of the Punk movement.

1973: CBGB

It stood for Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers, but CBGB would soon become the home of the punk movement in New York City. Legendary bands and style icons such as the Patti Smith Group, The B-52's, Blondie, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Ramones and Television would all find a home there. It is now a John Varvatos store.