Where DIY Meets MTM…
PUNK: From Chaos to Couture
Following next week’s star-studded red carpet Met Ball, the Costume Institute’s annual exhibit opens at the Met, taking for its theme this year ‘PUNK: From Chaos to Couture’, an inspired and encyclopaedic look at the evolution and influence of punk on fashion from the 1970s to present day. With co-chairs including Oscar-nominated and avant-garde fashion darling Rooney Mara, Moda Operandi co-founder and perennial It girl Lauren Santo Domingo, Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, and of course Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, the exhibit has the fashion credentials to match the extraordinary 100+ designs on view from May 9 until August 14.
Capitalising as always on the crossroads of art and fashion, CI presents the Andrew Bolton-curated PUNK as a multi-sensory experience, where original garments from the mid-1970s (and the defining DIY aspect of the ripped, shredded, zipped, and studded aesthetic) are contrasted with the rather polar opposite concept and appeal of made-to-measure haute couture. Seven galleries will feature punk ‘heroes’ like CBGB and Patti Smith, juxtaposed with their modern day iterations like Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel S/S ’11 holy suit interpretation of Sid Vicious’ rock star style, and other choice pieces from influential designers like Vivienne Westwood and Versace. Go early or prepare to queue!