Punk to Couture Editors’ Picks

Tonight, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the opening of the exhibition PUNK: Chaos to Couture! Organized by curator Andrew Bolton, this one-of-a-kind retrospective features 100 designs from the world’s most prestigious brands and aims to “examine punk’s impact on high fashion, from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today.”

Fashion lovers will watch as the most stylish Hollywood and design influencers gather to mark the occasion at the Met Gala—one of New York’s premier industry red carpet events and the main source of annual funding for The Costume Institute.

In honor of this year’s exhibition theme, the Nordstrom blog editors have created a few looks to show you how to go from punk to couture with ease.

Polished Punk: “When I think of pretty and punk, Blondie’s Debbie Harry immediately comes to mind. This punk pioneer’s hard-edged style defined street chic in the ’70s. I love how something as simple as a T-shirt and jeans can be accessorized and distressed to make a dynamic statement,” says Senior Blog Editor Qianna Smith.

Get the Look
1. Kelly Wearstler Screw Detail Cuff | 2. Christopher Kane Skinny Ripped Stretch Jeans
3. rag & bone ‘The Vest’ Destroyed Denim Vest | 4. Stella McCartney Faux Croc Crossbody Bag
5. Valentino ‘Camo Rockstud’ Pump | 6. Markus Lupfer Lip Print Jersey Tee

Concept Couture: “Nina Ricci is one of my favorite French fashion houses—it really revived couture craftsmanship in the late ’40s,” Qianna continues. “Couture designs are defined by ‘made to measure’ construction, while punk has a very DIY approach. What these two aesthetics have in common is that it’s all about a style that’s individually made.”

Get the Look
1. Lanvin Crystal Cocktail Ring | 2. Nina Ricci Drape Front Dress
3. Marco Bicego ‘Murano’ Mix Stone Cluster Earrings | 4. Jimmy Choo ‘Fitch’ Sandal

Style Rebel: “More than just an influential talent, British rocker Siouxsie Sioux brought unconventional style and beauty to her genre—like her signature eye makeup. Defining punk on her own terms showed what it means to truly be a rebel. Punk is all about attitude, a rebellious spirit—but a sick dress and accessories don’t hurt to pull it all together,” adds Blog Editor Jeff Powell.

Get the Look
1. Tom Binns ‘Punk Pavé’ Stud Ring | 2. Tom Binns ‘Bejewelled Charm Offensive’ Skull Stud Earrings
3. McQ by Alexander McQueen Lightning Print Dress | 4. Jimmy Choo ‘Chandra’ Leather Clutch
5. Gucci ‘Gloria’ Bootie | 6. HELMUT Helmut Lang Washed Leather Jacket

Made In England: “To me, nothing says British high fashion more than one of the world’s most famous dresses—Princess Diana’s wedding dress. The extravagant detail (over 10,000 pearls!) inspired a look that just goes to show: the simpler the silhouette and palette to start, the more room to bling it out,” Jeff says.

Get the Look
1. Tom Binns ‘Pearls in Peril’ Long Drop Earrings | 2. Burberry Prorsum Full Skirt Dress
3. Saint Laurent ‘Belle de Jour’ Clutch | 4. Valentino ‘Microstud’ Mary Jane Pump
5. Tom Binns ‘Punk Chic Pearls’ Statement Necklace

PUNK: Chaos to Couture will be on exhibition from May 9 through August 14, 2013.

Check out more punk rock inspired designs and edgy handbag styles.

[Image Sources: Blondie.net Debbie Harry Shop; Fragrantica.com; Dianaexhibition.com; Siouxsie.com]