This week, The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a press presentation to reveal early details about the upcoming exhibition PUNK: Chaos to Couture. Costume Institute Gala Co-Chairs Lauren Santo Domingo, Riccardo Tisci, and Anna Wintour joined Museum Director Thomas P. Campbell, Museum President Emily K. Rafferty, and Curator Andrew Bolton for a glimpse of some of the punk-influenced high fashion objects that will be featured in the exhibition, on view May 9–August 11, 2013, at the Met in New York City.
The exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, will examine punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the early 1970’s through its continuing influence today.
Featuring approximately one hundred designs for men and women, the exhibition will include original punk garments and recent, directorial fashion to illustrated 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.
Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos, soundscaping and audio techniques.
The exhibition is made possible in part by Moda Operandi with additional support from Condé Nast. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028 www.metmuseum.org