During my recent trip to New York City, I visited the PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition examined how punk culture has been influencing high fashion for the past four decades. Upon observing the footgoers in New York and searching for Fashionistas/os here at UNC, my eyes were opened to how great the impact punk has on fashion. I came across a Fashionista wearing an outfit loaded with skulls and garments that were the products of DIY projects. Her outfit screamed “punk culture” and was worthy to be put in the exhibition.
Name: Sarah Bridger
Major: Public Health
Year: Recent graduate
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today? Where did you get it?
Sarah Bridger: The shoes are from Target. The shorts were jeans that I found at a thrift store and cut off. The shirt was originally an oxford, but I cut the sleeves off; I also got it at a thrift store. The sunglasses…I don’t know, somewhere cheap, maybe at the beach.
CF: I love your bracelets! Where did you get them?
SB: The silver bangle was my mom’s, the skull bracelet was a birthday present from my best friend and this one is a friendship bracelet.
CF: Where did you get your earrings?
SB: The earrings were a souvenir a friend got me from India.
CF: Describe your style.
SB: I think in the summer especially, it is simple because I like to bike everywhere. My style is vintage, bordering bohemian.
CF: What are your fashion staples?
SB: In everything but summer, combat boots. In the summer, loafers and denim.
CF: Where do you get your fashion inspiration?
SB: All kinds of different places, but mostly from my best friend. I’ve known her for three, four years. My style was different before I met her.
How To: This look is simple, but not for the faint of heart. It requires a lot of destruction. Start off with a long sleeve shirt and a pair of pants and cut off the sleeves and the legs, respectively. Add these floral Dr. Martens to really get that punk feel. Now just incorporate some accessories! Maybe bracelets like this Fashionista or perhaps some stud rings.