This year’s Costume Institute Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York explores the impact of punk culture on high fashion since its inception in the 1970s.
PUNK: Chaos to Couture will be open to the public on May 9th. It will be preceded by the legendary Met Gala, know as “The Fashion Oscars”, on May 6th, a glamorous, star-studded event which will be co-chaired this year by Rooney Mara, Anna Wintour, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and Lauren Santo Domingo.
The exhibition will be displayed in the Cantor galleries and will feature over one hundred designs for men and women. Original punk garments from the seventies will be showcased alongside haute couture and ready-to-wear from today to show the profound impact these styles have made on modern-day fashion.
Each exhibit represents an influential icon, with the first gallery devoted entirely to the legendary CBGB in New York City, which will be fronted by punk innovator Richard Hell, who actually inspired The Sex Pistols’ iconic wardrobe. An homage to punk fashion pioneers Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McClaren, and their Seditionaries boutique on Kings Road in London, is another highlight of the show.
The notion of “do it yourself” fashion, which is so prevalent in the punk world, is explored in four of the galleries. Safety pins and zippers, ripped clothing, graffiti, recycled materials have all been reinterpreted on the runway. Sid Vicious is fronting D.I.Y. Hardware, which explores high fashion’s use of studs, spikes and chains. Debbie Harry, The Clash and Johnny Rotten also serve as faces for the D.I.Y. galleries.
To further feel the punk essence, the clothing are animated by period music videos and audio. Designs by Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent, Givenchy and many more are featured in the exhibition.
Learn more at www.metmuseum.org/punk.
Photo: Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913) – Vogue, March 2011 – Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by David Sims