The Met’s Costume Institute Goes Punk

By  September 13, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is strumming a different three chord tune in homage to the movement that changed music, politics, and, most importantly, fashion. The Costume Institute is set to exhibit “Punk: Chaos to Couture” from May 9, 2013 to August 11th with the annual Costume Institute benefit gala on May 6th hosted by the institute’s co-chairs Rooney Mara, Lauren Santo Domingo, Givenchy’s Ricardo Tisci, and Vogue editrix Anna Wintor.

A punk display has been in the works as The Met’s “AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion” from 2006 touched on the age. This time around, the exhibition will focus on how it was shaped differently in New York where it was primarily about music and London where politics and aesthetics came into play, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The Cantor galleries will host 100 men’s and women’s designs with original punks looks with the punk elements like Gianni Versace’s safety pin dress that transformed Elizabeth Hurley into a red carpet star with pieces from Azzedine Alaïa, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, and more in thematic galleries.

According to Costume Institute Curator Andrew Bolton, the era’s elements were absorbed into haute couture in the late ’70s and never disappeared. “Primarily the biggest legacy is DIY [do-it-yourself] and deconstruction,” he explained. “Punk has had one of the biggest influences on fashion over the last 30 years, and sometimes people wear punk without even realizing it.”

While mohawks and candy-colored hair may not make the Met Gala red carpet, rips, tears, and safety pins are sure to make a significant sartorial statement.