PUNK: Chaos to Couture.

This week the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute announced it’s 2013 exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture.  Following critically acclaimed shows in the past few years with such exhibitions as Prada & Schiaparelli: Impossible Conversations and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, 2013’s Punk theme promises to thrill.

The show will be curated by Andrew Bolton, Curator at The Costume Institute.  The creative consultant for the exhibition is legendary English fashion photographer Nick Knight, whose early photographs of British skinheads, whilst still a university student, thrust him in to the world of high fashion. The Met Ball will be hosted by Rooney Mara, socialite Lauren Santo Domingo; Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy; and Anna Wintour.

A vast array of designers will be featured including Azzedine Alaïa, Thom Browne, Dolce and Gabbana, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang, Rodarte and Rick Owens just to name a few.

Featuring original punk gear from back in the day alongside today’s punk inspired fashion, the exhibition will show how haute couture and ready-to- wear have borrowed punk’s style.  Drawing parallels between the punk way of simply “doing it yourself” with the couture concept of ‘made-to- measure,’ the exhibition will show us how anti-establishment style became the style of the establishment today.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 6 East 82nd Street. New York. NY. 10028. Tel: 212 535 7710

Images from top:
SidVicious,1977 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Dennis Morris – all rights reserved
KarlLagerfeld(French,bornHamburg,1938)forHouseofChanel(French, founded 1913), 2011 Vogue, March 2011 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by David Sims

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