The March 25 issue of The New Yorker features a worth-reading, behind-the-scenes look at the forthcoming "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (I have a pile of New Yorkers I'm getting through, so I'm about a week behind.) The show doesn't open until May 9. You might not be interested in punk music or history personally, but as a fashion and cultural influence, punk is an extraordinary example of how a particular style was defined and then sold to generations of people of all economic backgrounds.
What I found valuable to share from this New Yorker piece is how author Calvin Tomkins suggests why the punk aesthetic -- in fashion, specifically -- lives on and is so relevant in 2013. It's been a perennially strong force in retail, both high and low: consider the mutations of motorcycle jackets currently on sale at stores from H & M to Chanel. Some takeaways:
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