Written by James Harris (@Dr_TacoMD)
In the '70s, a new culture of music and fashion exploded out of NYC and soon spread to London. Punk's fast, violent, DIY sound and look spit in the face of everything that came before it, forming a completely new attitude toward clothing and style. Punk style changed over the decades, but its initial genesis and subsequent evolution were so shocking and furious that a bunch of awesome factoids, tidbits, and trivia were left in the dust.
On May 9, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in NYC 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 the bits of knowledge about punk style that have slipped through the cracks.
Mick Jones of the Clash said that punk in its purest form only lasted 100 days, and whether you agree with him or not, it's quite clear that the culture's style has left behind an insane legacy. If you thought punk style was only about mohawks and safety pins, then read on for 29 Things You Didn't Know About Punk Style.
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