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British designer Vivienne Westwood describes herself as “the only punk left” –– to her credit, she and her partner Malcolm McLaren gave the punk rock movement its rebellious, deconstructed, hell-for-leather look in the 1970s. On May 9th, The Met’s Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, will examine punk’s influence over high fashion from the early beginnings of Westwood and the Sex Pistols to its modern adaptations. The exhibit will feature many designs, including original punk apparel and reinterpretations by designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Versace, Alexander McQueen, Rei Kawakubo, and Givenchy. Another integral part of a punk-rockers style, and the movement in general, was the hair. Often worn short and unkempt, or dyed in unnatural colors, the styles eventually evolved into mohawks and devilocks –– a hairstyle that featured short back and sides, while the front was long and combed forward. To see our favorite inspirational looks and getups from the peak of the punk era and beyond, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart 
Arizona Muse Chanel, 2011
Various - 1976
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Sarah Whale Vogue Portugal
sid viscious and Nancy Spungen
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