The Mets ”Punk Chaos to Couture ” exhibit to benefit the Costume Institute’s will be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 9 through August 14.
The exhibit shows more than 100 designs, from original 1970s punk garments to recent fashion pieces.
Featured designers in the exhibit include Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Gianni Versace, Karl Lagerfeld , Helmut Lang, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, John Galliano, former Balenciaga designer Nicholas Ghesquiere,, Miuccia Prada, Yohji Yamamoto, Hedi Slimane, Vivienne Westwood, and Christopher Kane,
The exhibit’s galleries are dedicated to the different “heroes” who define the genre. Sid Vicious, for example, is represented in the D.I.Y. gallery, while Malcolm McClaren and Vivienne Westwood are the focus of another area.
“Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” says the exhibit’s curator, Andrew Bolton. “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.”
Accessories and shoes are also showcased prominently in the exhibit as well.
The exhibit looks at punk’s influence on haute couture and ready-to-wear and examines how designers have borrowed the movement’s iconic symbols like safety pins, studs, leather, and rips.
One gallery is devoted to legendary venue CBGB in New York City and focuses on the musicians who played there: Blondie, Richard Hell, the Ramones, and Patti Smith. That gallery also includes a re-creation of the club’s infamous restroom.