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PUNK: Chaos to Couture Museum Exhibit

Rodarte, 2008

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) has a new exhibit opening May 9 and running through August 14, 2013. PUNK: Chaos to Couture, organized by Andrew Bolson, takes a look at the impact punk has had on high fashion. It begins at the movement’s birth in the 1970s all the way through its continuing influence today. Designers continue to use punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its rebellion and forcefulness, even though it stands in opposition of fashion’s autocracy.

The Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit will take place on Monday, May 6, to celebrate the opening of the exhibit. The Co-Chairs of the event are Rooney Mara (Academy Award nominated actress), Lauren Santo Domingo, (Co-Founder of Moda Operandi), Riccardo Tisci (Creative Director of Givenchy), and Anna Wintour (Editor-in-Cheif of Vogue). The event is the main source of funding for exhibitions, acquisitions, and capital improvements for The Costume Institute

Featuring approximately 100 designs for men and women, the exhibit compares the original punk clothing from the 1970s to more recent, directional fashion to show how haute couture and ready-to-wear have borrowed punk’s visual symbols. To focus on the relationship between the punk concept of “do-it-yourself” and the couture concept of “made-to-measure,” the exhibition will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the rebellious style. Seven galleries are organized thematically with designated punk ‘heroes’ who embody the broader concepts behind the fashion in a immersive multimedia, multisensory experience. Themes include New York and London, Clothes for Heroes, and four manifestations of the D.Y.I aesthetic.

Are you interested in seeing this exhibit? What do you think of the punk style? How do you think it has influenced your personal style? 


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