The Costume Institute Presents – PUNK: Chaos to Couture

Costume Institute Present “PUNK: Chaos to Couture”  (Left to Right) Nick Knight, Emily K. Rafferty, Thomas P. Campbell, Anna Wintour, Riccardo Tisci, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Andrew Bolton
Costume Institute Present “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” (Left to Right) Nick Knight, Emily K. Rafferty, Thomas P. Campbell, Anna Wintour, Riccardo Tisci, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Andrew Bolton

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.

(L) Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, 2011 (R) Rodarte Vogue, July 2008 Photograph by David Sims
(L) Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, 2011 (R) Rodarte Vogue, July 2008 Photograph by David Sims

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.

Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons,1982 Photograph by Peter Lindbergh
Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons,1982 Photograph by Peter Lindbergh

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.

Ensemble by Zandra Rhodes, 1977 Photo: Clive Arrowsmith for Zandra Rhodes Archive/Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ensemble by Zandra Rhodes, 1977 Photo: Clive Arrowsmith for Zandra Rhodes Archive/Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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

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