29 things you didn’t know about punk style

Written by James Harris (@Dr_TacoMD)

In the 1970s, a new culture of music and fashion exploded in New York and quickly spread to London. The fast, violent, DIY sound and look of punk spits on everything that came before it, forming a completely new attitude towards clothing and style. The punk style has changed over the decades, but its initial genesis and subsequent evolution have been so shocking and furious that a heap of awe-inspiring anecdotes, tidbits, and anecdotes have been left in the dust.

On May 9, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will open an exhibition titled “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” The show highlights how early punk fashion influenced and still inspires luxury designers to this day, but it won’t cover knowledge about punk style that slipped through the cracks.

Mick Jones of The Clash said that punk in its purest form was only 100 days old, and whether you agree with him or not, it’s pretty clear that culture style has left an insane legacy. If you thought punk style was all about mohawks and safety pins, then read on for 29 things you didn’t know about punk style.

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