A crash course in punk: From the Ramones and the Sex Pistols to Billy Idol and punk pastiche

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Punk's progenitors were DIY garage rock bands – like The Kingsmen, whose "Louie Louie" was an early hint of the punk sound


The Ramones play first CBGB's gig. Television's Richard Hell pioneers spiky hair and safety-pinned clothes


Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood rename their boutique SEX – it is the shop that defines punk fashion


Regular SEX customer, the young John Lydon, is drafted in to front a McLaren-managed band – the Sex Pistols


The Sex Pistols play Manchester in June, The Clash debut in Sheffield in July and punk explodes across Britain


Not even the Queen was safe. Her Silver Jubilee is marked by the release of the Pistol's alternative anthem


The Clash get signed to a major record label. Zandra Rhodes co-opts the punk look for a high-fashion collection


The movement splits in many directions, with disparate new bands from Adam and the Ants to Joy Division owing a debt to punk


The Seventies are history, Thatcher's in Downing Street and Billy Idol sells millions with cartoon punk hits including "Rebel Yell"


When it came to punk style, few did it quite like Jordan. No, not the glamour model Katie Price, but the alter ego of one Pamela Rooke.

Jordan was a well-known face on the King's Road, working in the SEX boutique – run by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren – which sold the clothes that defined the era. A full-time, real-life model for Westwood's designs, Jordan sported pins and badges, latex and bondage-gear, and rocked knickers as outerwear long before Lady Gaga.

She was into the music, too: a regular at Sex Pistols' concerts, Jordan famously once had her top ripped off onstage by Johnny Rotten. And she managed Adam and the Ants.

She also made time to dabble in some punk cinema, starring in Derek Jarman's films.

With bleached hair, sprayed into a bouffant puff or six-inch spikes, and gaudy face-paint or slicks of black eye-liner that make Amy Winehouse look like a barely-there beauty, Jordan often finished her look with a scowl, or a flick of the Vs.

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The Met's punk show has been a diktat to designers to channel the spittle and studs of the movement – but with a bit more polish than the first time around

The DIY, ripped-up aesthetic of punkish strips of black duct tape provided a pleasant sharpness as counterfoil to the sugary sweetness of Christopher Kane's collection for spring/summer

Tartan trews have been reclaimed from the golf course this season, thanks to the elegant minimalism of a refined window-pane check

We're not talking nine-inch nails here, but the fashion spike that is far sleeker and sexier than its aggressive forebear: wear studded on sneakers, sandals and shoulders

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