Vivienne Westwood may be pretty much it when it comes to punk’s early influence on fashion, but when the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its doors for the Costume Institute Gala on May 6, the designer won’t hold quite the place of honor that some may have hoped.
According to the Daily Mail, a 40-foot styrofoam sculpture of the naked, 72-year-old Dame was supposed to be the pièce de résistance at the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” fête, until Anna Wintour vetoed the idea on the basis that it would be “a needless distraction.” According to their source, “Anna made a snap decision and that was that. She always gets what she wants.”
So out went the installation, which was reportedly set to be an interactive piece, with guests choosing graffiti images to be projected on to the sculpture. Still a little confused about what it would’ve looked like? Check out the similar sculpture Nick Knight created of Naomi Campbell for 2009’s “SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution”.
For what its worth, we think the sculpture may have actually lent some cred to the evening’s iconoclastic theme. But, then again, a punk ball hosted by Vogue and Beyoncé isn’t exactly going to be a beacon of authenticity no matter how you slice it, so it’s probably a small sacrifice to make to keep Anna in good spirits.