Real punks react to the Met’s ‘Chaos to Couture’ exhibit

The day that punk died again. No, The New Yorker isn’t talking about that time Henry Rollins appeared on a billboard for Gap, or when Joe Strummer’s heart gave out, or Johnny Rotten starring in a butter commercial, or ‘Pretty Fly For a Guy’, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture, which opened in New York yesterday. Focussing on the very deep and fundamental relationship between punk’s DIY attitude and the couture concept of “made-to-measure”, the exhibition examines “punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today”. And no one embodies that nexus more than Miley Cyrus, who spent eight hours spiking up her hair to match her $5000 Marc Jacobs “crystal mesh overlay dress”. She was one of many celebrities and fashionistas who flapped about on the red carpet when asked what punk means to them. We asked some real punks to respond.

“I went to the [Vans] Warped Tour a lot” – Darren Criss, some dude from Glee

“I dig Green Day and Avril Lavigne” – 16-year-old actor Hailee Steinfeld

“Favourite punk song? Um, it’s kind of hard on the spot. Is Goo Goo Dolls considered punk?” – Kimberly Chandler, some NBA player’s wife

“I’d like to see some real punks in here – like street punks.” – Vogue creative director Grace Coddington

“I’ve never rocked punk before” – Kerry Washington, played Idi Amin’s wife once in a film

“I don’t know if you can tell by the looks of me, but … Debbie Harry was kind of [the inspiration]” – Anne Hathaway, star of The Princess Diaries

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“I died my hair black for tonight, with spray paint!” – Karlie Kloss, ranked second on the Top 50 Models Women list by Models.com

“I wanted to do my own thing, put my own twist on it” – Madonna

“I don’t know” – former child actor Dakota Fanning on her favourite punk tune

“Punk for me is not probably the mohawk, typical punk that you’d sort of envision. A little bit more like ‘romantic punk’” – Kim Kardashian, actually dating Kanye

“Tonight for The Met I am channelling the OG queen of PUNK, JOAN of ARC!” – Katy Perry, kissed a girl once and liked it

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“I feel very elegant but kinda punk rock because it’s leather” – Jessica Alba, fan of Melbourne’s Twerps

“It’s punk because I’ve gone totally classic on a punk night!” – Gwyneth Paltrow, Apple’s mum