“PUNK: Chaos to Couture” Costume Institute Exhibition [Photos]

Tonight the ‘PUNK: Chaos to Couture’ Costume Gala is set to take place in New York City. The highly anticipated gala usually host the worlds top celebrities and designers. This year, rap superstar Kanye West is set to perform, we also expect his beau Kim Kardashian to attend as well. Before that all goes down tonight, we have photos from this year’s exhibition, titled PUNK: Chaos to Couture.

(L-R) Andrew Bolton, Lauren Santo Domingo, Anna Wintour and Thomas P. Campbell
(L-R) Andrew Bolton, Lauren Santo Domingo, Anna Wintour and Thomas P. Campbell attend press preview.

The Met’s spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, will examine punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today. Featuring approximately one hundred designs for men and women, the exhibition will include original punk garments and recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear borrow punk’s visual symbols.

Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of “do-it-yourself” and the couture concept of “made-to-measure,” the seven galleries will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. Themes will include New York and London, which will tell punk’s origin story as a tale of two cities, followed by Clothes for Heroes and four manifestations of the D.I.Y. aesthetic—Hardware, Bricolage, Graffiti and Agitprop, and Destroy.


See it in person at The Met, May 9th-August 14th.

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