PUNK: Chaos to Couture

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on September 24th, 2012

Left: Sid Vicious, 1977. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Dennis Morris – all rights reserved
Right: Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, 2011. Vogue, March 2011.
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by David Sims.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual exhibition at the Costume Institute is always one of the most lauded and popular fashion exhibitions of the year. With openings timed to coincide with the Met Ball chaired by Vogue editor and fashion icon Anna Winteur, these exhibitions receive an unrivaled amount of attention from the press, critics and the general public. Their retrospective of the recently departed Alexander McQueen in 2011 was one of the Met’s most visited exhibitions of all time, and one of our picks for best of the year (you can read our review here.) The Museum has recently announced the theme of the 2013 show – punk – which promises to be a departure from their recent efforts that have focused on single designers. Titled PUNK: Chaos to Couture, the exhibition will trace the influence of the punk aesthetic on high fashion and street style and will include representative examples of punk’s decidedly anti-couture, DIY sensibility in addition to how those ideas have been manifest in the designs of more mainstream fashion houses. The work of pioneering designers Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm Mclaren who incorporated a punk sensibility into their designs long before it became de rigueur will be featured prominently as will be the work of Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang and Thom Browne who have continued to feature the punk aesthetic in their creations. The most exciting part for me is the plan to make the exhibition a multi-media experience and feature fashion alongside the music and videos of some of punk’s most influential contributors such as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and The Clash. I can hardly wait for this exhibition to open in May!


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