The Metropolitan Museum of Art has had some very interesting and influential show organized by the Costume Institute in the past few years, and the spring 2013 exhibit looks to be no different. PUNK: Chaos to Couture will run from May 9 – August 11 and “will examine punk’s impact from its birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence on high fashion today,” according to a press release from the Met.
PUNK will feature original garments from the 70s juxtaposed with recent and high fashion, thus illustrating the powerful relationship between the punk concept of ‘do-it-yourself’ and couture concept of ‘made-to-measure.’ The exhibition will also heavily focus on the materials and techniques associated with punk fashion. Designers to be featured include Dolce and Gabbana, Galliano, Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, Jeremy Scott, Versace, Alexander Wang and Vivienne Westwood.
“Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” says 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.”
On May 6, The Met will host the Costume Institute Gala, its annual fundraising benefit, and will be co-chaired by Oscar nominee Rooney Mara, Lauren Santo Domingo, Givenchy’s Creative Director Riccardo Tisci and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour.