Ever since punk emerged in the mid ’70s, fashion has been
ripping it off inspired by it–I mean, famous punk venue CBGB is a John Varvatos store now; it’s sort of the perfect metaphor for the evolution of punk style. In fact, showcasing that relationship is the whole point of the Met Institute’s upcoming exhibit, Punk: Chaos to Couture.
Of course not all punks are exactly thrilled to see their subculture’s gear pop up on a runway–or in a fashion museum exhibit. Legs McNeil, who founded Punk magazine in 1974, recently told the New York Times, “Getting these high-fashion designers, what does that have to do with punk? So rich people could go slumming?” he said. He then added that it is a “masturbatory fantasy for Anna Wintour and Vogue.” Trash and Vaudeville’s Jimmy Webb, on the other hand, not only doesn’t see a problem with it–but he’s also helping Vogue to make sure the punk fashion is authentic.
That being said, there is a huge difference between what’s considered punk in the fashion world and what is, you know, actually punk. (Here’s a hint: the former’s a lot more expensive.) While fashion’s finest will be doing their best punk impressions at next Monday’s Met Gala–we kinda doubt anyone will be rocking real safety pin earrings, or a padlock necklace. But their 24Kgold and diamond counterparts? Probably.
So, in honor of Monday’s Met Ball, here’s a look at the most fashion-y punk gear out there–and their real punk equivalents.