Next Year’s Met Costume Institute Exhibition Theme Revealed

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just announced its 2013 exhibit, PUNK: Chaos to Couture. Quite a departure from its previous Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit, and we’re totally on board with this one.

The exhibit will “examine punk’s impact from its birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence on high fashion today”, and will run from May 9 until August 11. Sponsors Moda Operandi and Condé Nast and Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton will feature around 100 punk designs for ladies and gents. The eye candy will include original pieces from the ’70s, couture creations, and recent fashions. Designers like Azzedine AlaïaHussein ChalayanJean Paul Gaultier, Nicolas GhesquièreRei KawakuboVivienne WestwoodZandra Rhodes, and more will have their wares on display.

“Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” Bolton said in a press release. “Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.”

The annual Met Gala (a.k.a the fashion world’s equivalent of the Oscars) will take place on May 6, and will be co-chaired by The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo actress Rooney Mara; Moda Operandi’s Lauren Santo Domingo, Givenchy‘s Riccardo Tisci, and of course, Vogue‘s top dog Anna Wintour.

The exhibit will be divided into six sections. Per the release:

Organized thematically, gallery sections will include Rebel Heroes, which will evoke the New York and London music scenes of the mid-1970s, focusing on iconic punk bands such as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and The Clash. The Couturiers Situationists gallery will examine Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s visual codification of punk through the merging of social realism and artistic expression, featuring fashion and graphics they produced for their boutique at 430 King’s Road in London, including Let it Rock, SEX, and Seditionaries.

Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance will juxtapose punk designs with haute couture creations, focusing on customization and hand craftsmanship. Punk Couture will explore high fashion’s engagement with punk hardware such as studs, spikes, chains, zippers, padlocks, safety pins, and razor blades. D.I.Y. Style will highlight the impact of punk’s bricolage ethos on high fashion, including the use of recycled materials from trash culture. La Mode Destroy will examine the effect of punk’s rip-it-to-shreds attitude via torn and shredded garments associated with deconstructionist fashions.

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