The Met’s Costume Institute To Focus Next Exhibit On Punk Fashion

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today its spring 2013 exhibit organized by the Costume Institute, PUNK: Chaos to Couture. The exhibit examining punk’s impact and continuing influence on fashion will run from May 9 through August 11.

PUNK will explore the relationship between the punk concept of “do-it-yourself” and the couture concept of ‘made-to-measure’ with original punk garments from the 70s juxtaposed with designs by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Gianni Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Alexander Wang,  the subject of the Costume Institute’s most successful exhibit to date, Alexander McQueen and the mother of punk fashion, Vivienne Westwood.

On May 6, The Met will host its annual benefit, the Costume Institute Gala, which will be chaired by Oscar-nominee Rooney Mara, Vogue Contributing Editor Lauren Santo Domingo, Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci and Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour.

“Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute.  “Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.”