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The Costume Institute's Punk: From Chaos to Couture exhibit wrapped up last week, drawing in a total of 442,350 visitors during its stretch from May 9th through August 14th. In comparison, that's pretty good but not the best—the Prada/Schiaparelli exhibit only brought in 339,838, but Punk's numbers are nowhere near McQueen's 661,509 attendees. The New York Times debates the root of the show's success: "Maybe it was the previously unknown sleeper appeal of punks. Maybe it was the novelty of treating the urinals at CBGB as a period room. Maybe it was the odd summer weather."
If Impossible Conversations was an intellectual thesis, then From Chaos to Couture was an accessible fashion rendering of a bygone era and atmosphere. Where else but the Met Gala would model Hilary Rhoda be in charge of asking people what their favorite punk band was?
Speaking of that CBGB bathroom, here's a post from the blog Jaded Punk that lists all of the things that were wrong with the Met's interpretation. Most of the inaccuracies have to do with the toilet, or that the floor (thankfully) wasn't "covered in piss" at the exhibit.
· Punks Are People, Too [NYT]
· Sorry, But This Isn't What The CBGB Bathroom Looked Like [Jaded Punk]
· The Met Goes Punk: Inside the Costume Institute Exhibit [Racked NY]