Thursday, May 16, 2013

Steampunk at Museums at Night

A photo of a man dressed as a Victorian steampunk in an underground setting
a photo of Jake and Dinos Chapman in their studio
If you are lucky enough to be in the U.K. the next 3 days, you need to check out Culture 24's Museums at Night Festival.  There are sleepovers, cultural events, parties and all sorts of interactive performances of weird, dark, fantastical and creative anachronistic adventure.  The events are held at various heritage sites like palaces and Gothic libraries.

For Steampunk fans, check out In The Company of the Curious: Steampunk at Dragon Hall where you can enjoy Victorian dueling (with umbrellas and canes), an experimental installation by mechanical theater company Rapid Gambit, at Twilight Tea bar and Lady Isobel's Polite Peepshow...

The events take place May 16-19, 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Punk Fashion at the Met

I apologize for not being able to update for awhile.  I figured I owed you something good... The Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art felt worthy of my comeback.  The all-stars of dark and subversive fashion like Gareth Pugh, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Martin Margiela, Anne Demeulemeester and Viktor & Rolf kept company with all the other Haute Couture darlings of the style elite.

What is punk fashion?  The exhibit examines its roots from New York's CBGB music venue to Macolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's shop on King's Road.  The aesthetic of hardware (safety pins and spikes) and DIY (graffiti, re-purposing garbage objects) and destruction (rips, holes and distressed fabrics).

Sure, punk is supposed to be subversive, anti-establishment and inspired by the rebellion of the people. When you see the gorgeous exhibit, you'll realize you never knew it could be so fancy.  Is it still punk when only the elite can afford it?  That's not a question I can answer.

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All photos by Mariana Leung

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