7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
1st June, 2016
Previously unseen Punk fashion from one of the largest private collections of punk clothing goes on show in From King’s Road to King’s Cross: The Story of Punk Clothing, a partnership between King’s Cross and Central Saint Martins.
The mid 1970s witnessed the birth and blossoming of Punk culture, a heady mix of rebellion, politics and a DIY aesthetic. Expressed not only in music but also fashion, Punk found a home in Chelsea’s King’s Road with various incarnations of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s clothing stores: Let It Rock (1971), Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die (1972) SEX (1974) Seditionaries (1976) and finally the World’s End (1980). Punk style borrowed from previous trends, such as teddy boys and biker gangs, and developed new provocative ones, such as the bondage trousers and printed graphic t-shirts developed under the SEX label.
But Punk was not confined to Chelsea. This exhibition showcases fashion from the King’s Road to King’s Cross, giving an insight into Punk’s influence across London’s communities and landscape.