The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has announced that its next exhibit/next gala theme will be “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”
Set to take place on May 6, 2013 in New York City, the event will tribute the punk fashion movement, which was was profoundly revolutionary.
Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton described the era to have broken “all the rules when it came to fashion, and everything became possible after [it].”
The theme will detail the dual-city origins of punk — the musical movements that started in downtown New York and the political/social movement in London, the early designers that dressed the movement — Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, and the eventual appropriation by high fashion — starting with Zandra Rhodes.
“Punk has had one of the biggest influences on fashion over the past 30 years, and sometimes people wear punk without even realizing it,” said Bolton.