Thursday, 13 September 2012


New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute have chosen punk as the topic for their next big exhibition, 'Punk: Chaos to Couture'.  
Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, who will feature heavily in the exhibition, in 1981

The exhibition will be feted at the annual Met Ball which will take place on May 6 2013, with Anna Wintour, actress Rooney Mara, Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci and Moda Operandi's Lauren Santo Domingo serving as co-chairs. British photographer Nick Knight will act as the creative consultant, working with events producer Raul Avila to create the gala's look.


 Approximately 100 men's and women's designs will be displayed, "juxtaposing original punk looks with designer creations that were inspired by or incorporated punk elements," reports WWD . The infamous Versace safety-pin dress worn by Elizabeth Hurley to the Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere will be just one of the designs featured.

An extensive list of designers will be included in the show - Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Mac Jacobs, Azzedine Alaïa, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel are just a few on the list - which will be divided into six thematic galleries; "Rebel Heroes", "The Couturiers Situationists" (focusing on punk's godparents McLaren and Westwood); "Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance," "Punk Couture;" "DIY Style" and "La Mode Destroy."

 "Punk broke all rules when it came to fashion, and everything became possible after punk," says Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute's curator. "Its impact on high fashion became so enormous, and continues at the same time."

 "It's generally accepted that punk was a musical movement that emerged in the early to mid-Seventies at CBGB and Max's Kansas City [in New York] with punk bands like The Ramones.," he continues. "When it emerged in London, it became a different phenomenon that was much more political and aesthetic. That look of punk was formulated in London primarily through Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren."

 British photographer Nick Knight will act as the creative consultant for the exhibition, which will open to the public on May 9, and will also work with events producer Raul Avila to create the Met Ball's look.

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