5 Things We Learned About Punk Fashion From Riccardo Tisci’s ‘Telegraph’ Interview

Riccardo Tisci and a look from Givenchy’s FW 2010 collection, which, according to ’The Telegraph,’ ’owes something to the spirit of punk.’
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Whether we’re talking about bands like The Clash or just kids hanging out on King’s Road in London, nobody can deny the commonalities running through punk’s storied fashion history: safety pins, studs, zippers, mix-matched materials, and that’s just the beginning. But as we learn from Riccardo Tisci’s recent interview with U.K.’s The Telegraph, punk is so much more than an outfit. The creative director of Givenchy is also the co-chair of tonight’s (!!!) Met Gala, and he’s been assisting Met curator Andrew Bolton for almost a year in research for the exhibit “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” which officially opens May 9. Talking with The Telegraph in the months leading up to tonight’s big event, Tisci shares his thoughts on punk’s fashion influence, injecting a rebellious attitude into his clothing collections, AND why true punk style is lacking in society today. Find out what we learned below, and keep your eyeballs glued right here on MTV Style. We’ll be covering the event all night long!

1.) Tisci believes punk is about subverting the status quo, like when he made transgender model Lea T the face of Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2010 campaign: “I did it with everyone on my back, thinking I was making the biggest mistake of my life, but I believed in it. And then it became such an amazing thing because a lot of people started to support me, like Oprah Winfrey, who invited Lea T to her show.”

2.) Being rebellious and being vulnerable go hand in hand: “Sometimes to be rebellious in that way can bring positive feelings. I’m not scared to be judged.”

3.) Society’s business-oriented mindset makes it a tough breeding ground for punk: “People should be exploding, blown away by creativity… It seems like people, I hope it’s wrong, but it seems like the young generation are so scared, I don’t understand why. I think today, for me, punk is an attitude and today people are so scared to be punk because there is so much money involved in society, there is so much selfishness. In the last two decades it is all about business.”

4.) Punk attitude is even more important than the clothing itself: “For me the ones that are most punk are the ones that don’t use the classic punk icon images, but really they are punk inside. Like Rei Kawakubo or Miuccia Prada. She is very bourgeois, but she is punk in her own way. Punk is really about the attitude for me.”

5.) For Tisci, the key punk fashion players are Gianni Versace, Azzedine Alaia, Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto and Helmut Lang: “These people were very punk because they didn’t care what people were thinking about them…They were just going for it to create something new, and that is very important for me.”

{via The Telegraph}

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