In honor of this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” Gala taking place tonight in New York City we felt appropriate to pay homage to punk inspired fashion including a few iconic photos taken by famous punk scene photographers Edward Colver and Roberta Bayley.

The classic punk rock look among male American musicians harkens back to the T-shirt, motorcycle jacket, and jeans get up favored by American rebels of the 1950s and by British rockers of the 1960s. The cover of the Ramones' 1976 debut album, featuring a shot of the band by Bayley, spotlighted the basic elements of a style that was soon adopted by rock musicians worldwide. This trend within music culture soon would have a grand influence on fashion as well. Such designers as Vivienne Westwood, Rodarte, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Gianni Versace and this year’s host Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy have been well known to draw inspiration for their seasonal collections from the punk movement. - Wikipedia

Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Punk bands created fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produced recordings and distributed them through informal channels.

The Punk Movement’s Influence on Photography and Fashion

The Punk Movement’s Influence on Photography and Fashion

The Punk Movement’s Influence on Photography and Fashion

The Punk Movement’s Influence on Photography and Fashion

The Punk Movement’s Influence on Photography and Fashion

The term "punk" was first used in relation to rock music by some American critics in the early 1970s, to describe garage bands and their devotees. By late 1976, bands such as the Ramones in New York City and the Sex Pistols and The Clash in London were recognized as the vanguard of a new musical movement. The following year saw punk rock spreading around the world, and it became a major cultural phenomenon in the United Kingdom. For the most part, punk took root in local scenes that tended to reject association with the mainstream. An associated punk subculture emerged, expressing youthful rebellion and characterized by distinctive styles of clothing and adornment and a variety of anti-authoritarian ideologies. - Wikipedia

The Punk Movement’s Influence on Photography and Fashion

The Punk Movement’s Influence on Photography and Fashion

The Punk Movement’s Influence on Photography and Fashion

The Punk Movement’s Influence on Photography and Fashion

The Punk Movement’s Influence on Photography and Fashion

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